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Knowing the Early Signs of a Shower Leak

A shower leak may cost you expensive repairs if it is left untreated, leading to serious water damage to your walls, floors, and paint. What are the different early warning signs of shower leak that need the help of a professional plumber? Mold and mildew proliferate under flooring or walls if you have hidden water leak because they love to thrive in dark and moist areas, providing them an ideal starting point to grow and develop. While it is true that it is just normal for a little mildew to occur where water accumulates such as the corner of a shower, having mold or mildew on non-shower walls means a leaking pipe, and the longer you are able to detect and repair the leak, the faster and easier the mold and mildew will grow.

Blistering wallpaper or paint is another clear sign of bathroom leak or shower leak. When moisture and water get between the wall and paint, the seal or bond is eliminated and it starts to separate the two, which causes the paint to rise from the wall and thereby falling off to pieces. A warped and stained wall is also a clear sign that you have a water leak in your shower or bathroom. The dry wall softens and starts to bubble when it is exposed to moisture. As the water reaches the ceiling, it leads to sagging of the dry wall and leaking of accumulated water. In order to fix the leak, a professional plumber needs to tear out the dry wall, and a painter needs to patch and paint after the plumber is finished. Unless there is a water leak or you purposely let water sit on it, a bathroom floor rarely experience water damage. If your bathroom is cracking, buckling, or beginning to stain for unknown reasons, then hidden water must be the culprit. The water usually come from the pipe directly underneath the bathroom floor, or the water might have traveled there from another area, making it soft and spongy to touch. You’ll find the floor always damp and tile loses its adhesion, becoming too loose and allowing you to easily remove a piece due to exposure to water and moisture underneath.

You would notice stains on ceilings if you have water leaks in your bathroom located on a second floor. Ensure that you check the patch of the ceiling in the room which is directly beneath the bathroom for signs and stains of water damage. It is also possible to see stains on the ceiling farther away since water may travel a long distance. Any copper, dark, or brown stain is a sign of water leak and a sagging ceiling is a sign that water from a leak reaches the area.

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