Minor Fixtures

The little things that mean a lot

While the major fixtures provide the "furniture" for the bathroom, it's the small fixtures that make your bathroom special. Don't forget to leave room in your budget for the following things:

Drains

Drains are the exit points for water in any plumbing system. Bathroom drains are particularly susceptible to clogging because most people use products like soaps and toothpaste that can clump together around loose hair and stop water from draining properly. It's important to keep your bathroom drains as free of clogs as possible because the strong cleaners that are effective in clog removal can be corrosive and wear down the plumbing fixtures. Whenever possible, clogs should be cleared by hand or with a plunger so that there's no need for corrosive cleaning products.

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Taps

In the bathroom, taps are part of the sink, bathtub, shower and bidet. They allow water to flow through the pipe system at will. The taps or faucets you choose to use in your bathroom can add to its overall look. In fact, if your bathroom fixtures are sound, you may choose to add a new look by changing only the taps. There are many different looks available, and prices range from less than $20 to over $1,000. The task of switching out the old faucet for the new one is fairly simple, as long as you choose one that has housing which matches the set that you're replacing. If you choose a faucet with an entirely different footprint, it's best if the new footprint is larger than the old. This way, it can fit over the old one so that you don't have gaps or holes after installation.

Fans

The bathroom fan doesn't make much visual impact on a room, but what it lacks in visual punch it more than makes up for in air quality. In fact, the bathroom fan is more about what it hides from the bathroom than what it adds. The best fans are quiet, unobtrusive and effective (sometimes you can't rid the air of foul smells quickly enough). The bathroom fan can also help to reduce mold and mildew by reducing the humidity after bathing and showering.

Backsplash Tiles

Backsplash tiles are neat because most people think of them more as design elements than a useful fixture. Surrounding your tub, shower or sink with tile or another waterproof material is a great way to prevent moisture from reaching inside your walls and causing mold and mildew that can be dangerous to your health. Tiles are generally made from clay, stone, concrete or glass into various shapes and sizes that can be artfully arranged to reflect your style.

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