Imagine my surprise when I came home from work one freezing cold evening and found water flooding my basement. I ran to turn off the water and then I called the plumber. Even though it was late in the evening, the plumber immediately came to my house and fixed the busted water line. The plumber told me that I could have prevented my water line from freezing and busting if I had winterized the pipes. After researching various methods, I insulated the pipes so they won't freeze again. My name is Joel Hampton and this blog is about the different ways to winterize your plumbing pipes to keep them from freezing. Coming home to a basement filled with water is a nightmare and I hope that after reading the information in my blog, it won't happen to you.
If you are finding your bathroom to be a more difficult place to navigate as you age, then you want to do what you can to make it both more comfortable and safer. Not only can the bathroom be an unpleasant place to be if it's not set up with your best interest in mind, but it can also pose a variety of safety risks. The advice below will help you to turn your bathroom into a safer and more comfortable room for you.
Replace the current bathtub with a walk-in bathtub
A regular bathtub is low to the ground, and this is part of what makes it so hard to get into and so dangerous. There is a risk of falling while you climb over the side of the tub, and getting in and out is extremely dangerous when you get some of the water on the floor.
A walk in bathtub has a door in the side of it that allows you to step right into the tub. Also, there is a seat in the tub so you don't have to fight your way down to floor level to sit in the bath. The door is waterproof. which keeps the water in while you bathe. When you are done, you can release the water, have enough room to dry in the tub and then step out without an increased risk of slipping on the floor.
Slip-proof your stand-up shower
If you have a stand-up shower in your bathroom, then it poses a risk as well. You should have a non-slip coating put on the bottom of the shower to provide you with some extra grip. You should also consider having a grab bar installed along the side of the shower to help you if you start to lose your balance.
If you have a built in shower, you may be able to have a seal added on as well. A handheld shower head is another good addition so you can rinse thoroughly without needing to move around as much.
Consider a taller or elongated toilet
If you feel that your toilet is too short for you to safely sit down on, then you can have it replaced with one that's slightly taller. Those extra couple of inches will make the toilet much easier for you to sit on and rise from. If you have a hard time due to the seat area being too small, you can have your toilet replaced with one that has an elongated seat. The elongated seat offers you a good amount of more seating space.
The advice in this article will help you to create a safer bathroom space for you or anyone else in your home who has been having a hard time getting around. For help with plumbing fixtures in your bathroom, contact a service like T.C.R. Rooter & Plumbing Repair.