Out of all of the things that are needed in the house, the tub surround is often one of the things that get neglected when it comes to replacements and upgrades. This might simply be due to the fact that the tub surround really isn't something a lot of people think about and since it is hidden behind a shower curtain or door, it is out of sight and therefore out of mind. However, there will come a time in which it needs to be replaced. Here are a few signs that tell you when it is that time:
There Are Cracks Starting To Form
Even if there is only one crack and it is very small, it is a sign that it is time to invest in a brand new tub surround. The reason this is so important is that moisture can get behind the tub surround and cause destruction to the materials back there. It can cause the drywall to fall apart. It can cause mold and mildew to grow. Once there is one crack, more are surely soon to follow.
The Mold And Mildew Are Causing Staining
If your tub surround is old and you have had a lot of problems with mold and mildew in the tub area, it might be time for a new one. After a while, mold and mildew can sort of stain a tub surround, leaving it always looking dingy even after just cleaning it.
It's Pulling Away At The Edges
Whether you have a one-piece or three-piece tub surround, you will want to make sure that you are paying close attention to the edges of the surround. This could be on the outer edge of the tub or in the middle of the surround, where sections overlap. It's time for a replacement if you are able to lift up any portion of the tub surround edges. It is only a matter of time before you will be able to pull the surround out a lot further so take care of it before too much water gets back there.
This is a project that you might be able to do yourself with a little experience and the right tools. Otherwise, you will want to call a plumber for this job. They will have to disconnect your tub handles and shower head in order to remove the old surround and cut holes in the new one to fit over your existing plumbing.
For more information, contact a local plumber.