After years of use, it’s not uncommon to notice that your porcelain tub starts to change color and acquires a few chips here and there. If left unattended, this minor wear can accumulate and get to be a major problem with your tub and lead to severe water damage in the area surrounding it. At New Finish Tub and Counter, we want to make sure that we get to your tub before you have any major issues, so we’ve put together this guide to help you identify if your tub needs porcelain repair in Dallas, TX.
It’s difficult to clean
Whether you have a fiberglass or porcelain bathtub, it’s going to collect dirt, grime, and soap scum. Eventually, it will get stained and difficult to clean. This is the result of the finish over the porcelain wearing down. Porcelain is a porous ceramic so dirt particles, soap, and even bacteria will stain it without a protected finish.
Because of the humidity in Texas, your tub can build up mold and mildew even if you clean it regularly. The problem with mold is that it can spread throughout your bathroom and home if left unattended or improperly removed. Mold can exacerbate respiratory issues in people who are sensitive to it, cause joint pain, allergic reactions, migraines, and other health problems. Even though porcelain isn’t an organic material and at risk of deteriorating, it can still host a mold colony and cause problems in your bathroom and home.
Leaks are a major problem with your tub. Even small leaks can cause serious damage to the structure around the tub over time. Water damage can lead to mold and rot in the framing, which weakens your floors and walls. Puddles of water around your bathtub are the first signs that you have a problem with a leak. Don’t put off having your tub looked at if this is the case. We can repair leaks by applying putty over trouble areas or installing a new gasket.
It’s chipped or cracked
Porcelain is a durable material that will last a very long time. However, it is vulnerable to chipping and cracking if you happen to drop something like a hairdryer on the edge. While minor chips and cracks might not feel like a big deal, they can be the start of major problems as the integrity of your tub has been compromised. You might start to see cracks spread or chips start to get bigger. We can seal chips and cracks to keep your tub nice and strong.
In addition to making your tub difficult to clean, a worn-down glaze finish can make your tub discolored. It often takes on a faded yellow color as the glaze ages. This problem can be resolved with a simple re-glazing. Getting your bathtub re-glazed not only restores its color and shine but also helps to protect the porcelain from accumulating dirt and bacteria.
Call to get started
If you’re worried about the state of your bathtub and worry that you might need porcelain repair in Dallas, TX, call us today. The experts at New Finish Tub and Counter are here to help you by repairing your porcelain tub. Give us a call at 214-960-9550 or send us a message using our contact form. We’ll help you set up an appointment with one of our technicians who can come to your home and inspect your porcelain bathtub.