Accidents like slip-and-fall do happen unexpectedly. But if there’s one place in the house where you’re at an increased risk, it would be the bathroom. With the wet tub and tiles, just one wrong step and you could be seriously damaged.
The possibility of slipping and falling in your shower is not something to be taken lightly. You don’t need to have a remodelling done (although that is also an excellent solution). There are safety enhancements that you can add to your bathroom. Here are some of your options:
A Textured Mat
One of the cheapest and simplest solutions to avoid accidents in the bathtub is to add a textured mat that is specifically designed for this purpose. Make sure that you’ve got the right measurements of your tub so you’ll be able to buy a mat that will fit it just right. It’s also a good idea to choose one with suction cups on the bottom so it will remain in place.
A Water-Proof Seat
While this may not be so practical if you have a bathtub, it would be perfect if you have a spacious shower stall. This is especially suitable for those with problems with mobility or injured. You can make do with a plastic patio chair, but if you want a permanent addition, you should consider having a tile-covered bench installed in the corner of your shower.
This is another cheap and simple option for you. Grab bars are available in different shapes and sizes so you will surely find one that will suit your bathing area. You might also want to consider installing one next to the toilet if you have mobility issues as this would make standing and sitting easier.
Years of use can take toll on your bathtub, and in due time it would need professional refinishing. If you believe your tub needs one or if you want to get the textured effect of a bathtub mat minus the bulk, then you should have one done. A sand additive can be included in the finish so you’ll get a little grip across the surface while still having your tub smooth and comfortable enough for baths.
If these simple solutions don’t appeal to you and you’re considering a remodel, then make sure that you get yours done by a reputable company like Hayes Plumbing. Make sure that you consider slip-and-fall safety when you’re planning. You might want to consider textured tiles which are less slippery than porcelain ones. You should also think about having a shower stall instead of a tub, or a walk-in bathtub if you must have one.
If you need help with making your bathroom safer or you want to know more about these improvements, give your local plumbing experts at Hayes Plumbing a call today!