Bathrooms And Growing Families

Posted on: 21 June 2016

The arrival of a new family member is a very exciting time. It's also a time where a lot of changes may need to be made to the home. Making a home more kid friendly takes time and involves some trial and error. One room of the house that is likely to experience some changes is the bathroom. The bathroom is full of potential hazards, especially for young children. Here are 3 tips for getting a kid-ready bathroom.

Water Temperature

Water that is scalding hot is one of the biggest dangers in the bathroom. Annually, over half a million Americans get scald burns, with a lot of these burns occurring in the bathroom. Hot water coming out of the faucets is a major danger for children. One thing that can be done to prevent scalding is to set the water heater to 120 degrees instead of the usual 140 degrees. This temperature is still hot enough to clean clothes and dishes but will greatly lower the risk of scalding. Another way to prevent scalding is by having a plumber install an anti-scald valve in the shower. The cost of these valves varies from $100 to $250 for a pressure balanced valve to $400 to $1,000 for a thermostatic valve. While the valves can be pricey, it's worth it for the peace of mind.

Fixtures For All Ages

One of the biggest issues that new parents run into is the fact that many bathrooms are built with only adults in mind. Stand up showers with no bathtubs are not the most kid friendly options. The average cost to install a bathtub is $2,878. It can be expensive but it does go a long way toward making a bathroom easier for children to use. Other things to consider include new bathroom fixtures that are more kid friendly, including things like handheld shower heads and easy touch faucets. A plumber can help rework the pipes and install new fixtures that make the bathroom easier to use for young children.

Maintenance

With a growing family, the bathroom often sees more use than ever. This means that maintenance is more important than ever. Things like dripping faucets, running toilets, and leaking pipes cannot be ignored. Having a plumber take a look at any problems can increase the safety of the bathroom and keep everything in tip top shape. Also if the bathroom has regularly clogged drains, it's time to call in a professional plumber. Often young children will send toys and other objects down the pipes and professional help is needed to retrieve them.

Growing families can mean big changes are needed to make the bathroom safer and easier to use. Setting the water heater to a lower temperature or adding an anti-scald valve are important for preventing burns. Adding fixtures that are easier for young children to use and getting regular maintenance are also important parts of creating a family-friendly bathroom.

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