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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:

  • We had Elite Shower Repairs come to our home today to do a fix on one of our showers. We have been trying for a while to have someone come out but because it was a small job no-one seemed interested. Very professional & a great job done. Big thank-you to Barry. We highly recommend them.

    Client Deborah Waterworth Kellyville Ridge
  • Great customer service and technicians attention to detail and work ethic was absolutely outstanding

    Client Kellie Weyman
  • 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
  • An absolutely fantastic service. We have used Elite Shower Repairs on many renovations and they have exceeded our expectations every time. Reliable, honest, friendly and always flexible, I would highly recommend this service to everyone.

    Client Kate McDonald-Schembri
  • Hi,
    We have just had our shower sealed and Barry has done an excellent job. We were so impressed by his work ethic and pleasant manner, the end result is just great. Thank you for this and I will definetly recommend Elite Shower Repairs to our family and friends.
    Kind Regards.

    Client Tracey Wentworthville
  • Thankyou so much for the amazing work you’ve done for me and being so accommodating with time.
    I’ve always believed that great Customer Service is more important than the work itself but to get both at the high level you have provided is a first for me and I highly recommend you, your passion for what you do and your exceptional work. Thankyou

    Client Leanne Cash
  • We firstly would like to say thank you for the wonderful service your company provided us.
    Your technician, was not only punctual in his arrival, but finishing the work on time, leaving the area neat and tidy. He is a very friendly and polite person, who conducted himself quite professionally. We are very impressed and satisfied with the quality of his work and the finished result. We would definitely like to use him for future projects.

    Client Eddy & Kate
  • I love my new shower. Its gone from being old and mouldy to looking new again. What a fantastic job. The service was explained in detail and Barry turned up on time, which is rare these days. I was most impressed with the cleanliness of the bathroom after job completed. No dust or mess to clean up. Thank you again

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

    Client John Strathfeild
  • 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
  • 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
  • It was a pleasure dealing with Simon of Elite Showers. Thoroughly professional from quote to completion and no surprises approach to job. We undertook a full renovation to our bath and couldn’t be happier with the result – from quality of workmanship to time to completion and staying on budget – highly recommend Elite.

    Client Shilpa

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