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How To Tell If Your Shower Is Leaking

How To Tell If Your Shower Is Leaking

Water leaks can be catastrophic. Showers by their very nature are at a high risk of leaking, and often these leaks are hard to spot until there’s extensive damage. Fixing showers as soon as you can see the effects of leaking is incredibly important, as costs skyrocket when you need extensive shower repairs. That’s why being able to spot the signs of shower leaks straight away and taking action against them is important, as doing these will save you a lot of money in the long run in both repair bills and water bills. It will also ensure that your shower is always in tip-top condition and so will last you your lifetime! To help you tell whether or not your shower is leaking, we’ve come up with 5 telltale signs that you should be looking out for.

  1. Mould or mildew. If you clean your bathroom regularly but you still keep seeing mould or mildew, chances are your shower is leaking. The places you should be inspecting for mould regularly are in the shower joints (where the tub and tile walls meet), around the tub, in grout (the substance used between tiles), and in caulk (the substance used between the tile planes). Look out for discoloured tile surfaces and black stains in grout. Mould spreads quickly, so tackling it when you first spot it is essential in maintaining a functioning shower. Although it’s normal for a bit of mildew to accumulate, if it’s on nonshower walls then you probably have a leak on your hands.
  2. Musty smells. Old water that has accumulated tends to have a distinctive smell. If you’re experiencing musty, stale and earthy smells in your bathroom and even around your house, then chances are that mould is present, even if you can’t see it. This usually means that the leaks are well hidden, which could require extensive repairs. Mould thrives in moist, dark areas, and so leaking pipes are often mould’s favourite starting point.
  3. Damaged walls. If your walls are starting to look a little worse for wear, you may be experiencing a leak. Look out for walls that are warping, bowing or staining, because this is almost always caused by leaks. Bathrooms are normally quite moist, however problems like these shouldn’t be occurring. Also keep an eye out for damaged paint or wallpaper, particularly blisters, as water leaks often damage the binding that attaches a wall covering to a wall.
  4. Damaged flooring. The floors of bathrooms are designed to survive some water exposure, so normal use doesn’t usually cause damage to them. However, if you see cracks, buckling or stains in your bathroom floor, then that usually means there’s a pipe leak. This is often from a pipe directly beneath the floor. Moisture may also make the flooring in your bathroom softer, meaning tiles may lose their ability to stick, so look out for tiles that have come loose.
  5. Damaged ceilings directly below bathrooms. If you’ve noticed that the ceiling of the room beneath your bathroom is sagging, stained (like a coffee stain) or has paint that is blistered, then you definitely have a leak. Sometimes you will be able to see the leak itself. If this is happening to you, then you need to get professional assistance straight away. Water can also travel a long way, so if your ceilings are damaged in another part of the house, then it still may be a bathroom leak.

Let The Professionals Help

If you can spot any of these signs in your shower or bathroom, it’s important that you address the problem straight away. Our friendly team of professionals can repair your shower and return it to pristine condition. Call us on 1300 035 483 for a free quote today.

 

What our happy customers say about us:

  • I would like to thank you for the wonderful job you did with my shower today it looks amazing.
    I will be surely telling everyone about your awesome business.
    Kind regards

    Client Narelle O'Kell
  • My showers look amazing!

    I am so pleased with the communication and professionalism.

    Never late and so tidy and clean.

    The price was worth it and yet not expensive.

    Client Diane Tam
  • Elite Shower Repairs provided such a great service that was efficient and done professionally. Barry the Technician was prompt and able to do a same day quote and booked in just a few days later. It made the shower look brand new! Would recommend Elite Shower Repairs to anyone requiring this kind of service. From a happy customer!

    Client Cecilienne-Mae Rooty Hill
  • Outstanding Service So pleased with the service provided to our shower. While we had a few other companies inspect, we chose Elite Shower Repairs as from the 1st phone call to the job being quoted, Staff was friendly and unlike others, I was asked many questions to ensure we saved money and didn’t get quoted for things that didn’t need doing. We were over the moon with the prompt efficient service. Once job was completed the bathroom was left spotless and shower looks new again. Thank you Elite.

    Client Icicle YT
  • old bathroom looking totally refreshed with new grout and sealer around the bath, the leaks have stopped down stairs. We noted your punctuality and cleanliness and thank you for that. Well done and we will recommend you.
    Regards,

    Client Luke Quoyle Gordon
  • We have a really old bathroom and after the service was carried out I was so impressed, it was like a new shower again. Barry was on time and very polite. I felt very comfortable with leaving him in the house while I went to work. The whole experience with Elite Shower Repairs was nothing but positive.

    Client Greg Penrith
  • I highly recommend Elite Shower Repairs. There was no “I’ll be there sometime between 9 and 2,” Barry and Simon the tiler organised a specific times, worked around my schedule, and showed up when they said they were going to.  They were both efficient, detailed, professional, friendly, and told me exactly what they would be doing each day (my shower was not a simple one).  Best of all though, they did a fantastic job, and went above and beyond to find me tiles that matched the rest of my bathroom floor.  Now my shower doesn’t leak, and the water flows into the drain instead of pooling in the corner like it used to.  Thank you for saving my shower!!

    Client Sheri Thomson
  • I had a look at the finished job today and it looks great. He has really made an effort to blend things in with the rest of the bathroom.
    He was very helpful with his follow up on questions and queries and sending me images of tile etc
    I have to say I have been very impressed with the service you guys provide…your speedy attention to detail, organisation and of course the job itself.
    You are very prompt and efficient in your replies either by email or phone
    I would have no hesitation in choosing / recommending Elite for any future jobs.

    Kind Regards

    Client Patrick
  • We are all pretty quick to complain when something goes wrong. When something goes right we want to tell you about Elite Shower repairs who repaired the faulty leaking grout and resealed around the bath and basins today. We are so pleased with Barry’s professionalism and highly recommend him. Thanks again for a great job.

    Client Vicki Crampton Kellyville
  • Thanks again Barry. My wife was most impressed with your quality of work. Highly recommended. Cheers John

    Client John Strathfeild
  • Simon did a terrific job. He was very professional and didn’t cut corners – e.g. it would have been easy to tile over waterproofing despite pinholes and save himself a Saturday but he did the right thing and reproofed. He turned up when he said he would and if there were unforseen delays,  he let me know in a timely manner.  I have recommended your service to a Real Estate agency, my neighbour and another  friend.  Barry’s advice was spot on – the tiles on the floor are great and the wall tiles almost match the others. Thank-you for a wonderful service and for your reliability

    Regards,
    Pam

    Client Pam Freeland
  • Hi, Barry, Thanks for doing such a great job! The shower looks new again. The tiles have come up really well.

    Client Rita Killara
  • Definitely recommend Barry Thompson a great worker. After 7 years of my parents verandah leaking they changed the face of their house from blue to white due to the concrete staining. I asked Barry to come around and look at it, it was fixed within a few hours my parents are extremely happy

    Client Sarah Barlow Stanhope Gardens

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