When shower leak or bathroom leak is neglected, it may lead to serious water damage, causing structural damage to your flooring, walls, and ruining your house paint. What are the early warning signs of bathroom leak needing the help and expertise of a professional plumber? Mold and mildew usually grow and develop if you have a hidden water leak because they thrive on dark and moist areas, and pipes. 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 sign of shower leak or bathroom leak. When water gets in between the wall and the wallpaper, the adhesive bond is removed, thereby causing separation of the two, and so as with the paint, causing it to rise and fall off in pieces. A stained or warped wall is another sign that you have a water leak in your bathroom. The drywall becomes soft when it is exposed to moisture and it starts to bubble. Sagging of the dry wall and leaking of accumulated water happens as the water reaches the ceiling. 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. The tiles become too loose that is allows you to easily remove a piece due to exposure to water and moisture underneath because it loses adhesion.
If your bathroom is located on the second floor, you’ll notice staining on the ceilings if it has water leak. Check the patch of ceiling located in the room just right beneath your bathroom for signs of water damage. You may also find stains on the ceiling farther away because water may also 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.