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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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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.