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 usually start to grow and develop on moist and dark areas of hidden water leak areas such as your shower room or bathroom going to your flooring and walls. A leaking pipe has plenty of moisture, and the longer you are able to detect and repair the leak, the faster and easier the mold 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. Another clear sign that you have a water leak in your shower or bathroom is a stained or warped wall. 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. The solution is fixing the water leak with the help of a plumber so that the dry wall is tear out, and a painter will need to patch and paint afterwards. In fact, a bathroom floor rarely experience water damage unless you purposely let water sit on it or if there is a water leak. 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.
If your bathroom is located on the second floor, you’ll notice staining on the ceilings if it has water leak. 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. You may also find stains on the ceiling farther away because water may also travel a long distance. A brown, dark, or copper stain is a clear sign of water leak and so as a sagging ceiling.