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Groundhog Day. Why do we suffer the same bathroom issues over and over again?
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Groundhog Day. Why do we suffer the same bathroom issues over and over again?

Posted by Adam Chard in DIY advice | 1 year ago 3 min read

After surveying our customers, we discovered that, for many of you, it’s like Groundhog Day in your bathroom, as you keep waking up to the same issues.

In this article, we’ll take a look at the results of this survey, discovering what the most common bathroom complaints are and what you can do to rectify them.

In the classic 90s film "Groundhog Day", based around the annual celebration of the same name that takes place on 2nd February in the USA, Bill Murray plays a TV Weatherman who is doomed to repeat the same day over and over again, no matter what he does. Whereas the film is entirely fictional, it does seem that, in reality, many people are waking up to the same bathroom issues every single morning.

Common bathroom issues

Out of all the most common bathroom issues, half of those questioned cited a lack of storage as a problem in their bathroom, whilst 43% said they had a loose or broken toilet seat that hadn't been fixed.

Other issues that particularly irritated bathroom users include mouldy grouting, a leaky shower enclosure or screen and a faulty flush.

Don't suffer with mouldy grouting

Has your nice white grouting lost its lustre?

Whilst all these issues may seem trivial, you might be wondering why they simply don't get fixed. So we asked that very question.

Why don't we fix our bathroom issues?

29% of those who completed our survey pointed to the effort involved as the reason why they hadn't sorted their issues, whilst 28% said that a lack of time was the main reason why the simply hadn't got round to this.

9% felt they couldn't find a suitable replacement product and 8% simply felt the cost was too great.

Simple universal thermoplast toilet seat

A loose or broken seat really isn't hard to fix

So it would appear that, with the busy lives we lead, we simply can't find the time or summon the effort to fix all the little problems in our homes.

What can you do?

If you're experiencing your very own Groundhog Day, there are a few things you can do to break the cycle.

Check out all our handy advice

Set half an hour aside on an evening or weekend and arm yourself with practical tips and step-by-step how-to guides from our bathroom advice section. In one of our blog posts, we've even pulled together 30 quick & easy bathroom fixes you can do yourself. Or why not check out our Switches & Fixes page, where we show you how to complete those small tasks, like fitting a toilet seat (below).

Finally, make sure you subscribe to our YouTube channel, for loads of great step-by-step videos, giving you the know-how when it comes to bathroom DIY. We guarantee you'll soon be whizzing through all those irritating little jobs in a jiffy.

Find a replacement item

With loose or broken toilet seats being one of the most common problems among our respondents, why not take a look at our Toilet seat buying guide, or find the right sized seat for your toilet. If it's a faulty flush you're suffering with, check out our Toilet troubleshooting guide. We also stock toilet fittings, including replacement parts for flushes.

Mouldy grouting

Discolouration between your tiles needn't bother you any longer. Simply get an old toothbrush, don a pair of rubber gloves and fill a container with a mix of bleach and bicarb of soda. White wine vinegar can also be used to get those walls and floors gleaming again.

Check out our handy guide on how to clean your tiles.

More bathroom DIY advice

Get all those minor jobs completed with our easy-to-follow bathroom DIY guides.

Author, Adam Chard

Posted by Adam Chard in DIY advice | 1 year ago

A born & raised West Countryman, now living on the Yorkshire Coast, for over 10 years Adam has been bringing home interior ideas to life at Victoria Plum. Adam’s favourite interior styles have been shaped by both urban and natural influences.

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