George's Tips!


  • Deteriorating joints or grout lines in a bathtub or shower need prompt repair. Clean out the old material with a sharp instrument and replace with a high quality silicone caulk.
  • When replacing tub or shower walls, check the condition of the plumbing. Replace any galvanized supply pipes with copper supply lines and replace poor quality valves.
  • Good quality fans are recommended in all bathrooms, especially those having tubs or showers. A window in such a bathroom satisfies the building code, but is unlikely to be used in the wintertime. Fans need to be ducted to the outside, not to the attic.
  • Leaky tub and shower walls will often result in the deterioration of the flooring and sub-flooring. If new flooring is required, make sure that the sub-floor is appropriate for the flooring material. For vinyl, the sub-flooring should be plywood, not particle board or wafer board. Tile must be installed on a concrete product.
  • Don't forget to upgrade your bathroom by installing a ground fault interrupter (GFI) type electrical receptacle. They are not required in older homes, but are highly recommended. See the topic page on Electrical Systems.
  • Using a paperless drywall product in bathroom and other wet areas is a good way to reduce mold problems.
  • Non-abrasive cleaners should be used on all bathroom surfaces and fixtures.
  • Good quality grab bars should be installed in all showers. Soap dishes, shower door handles and plumbing fixtures are inadequate substitutes.