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 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.
Another sign of shower leak or bathroom leak is blistering wallpaper or paint. 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. A dry wall that is exposed to moisture will soften and begins to bubble, leading to warping and eventually breaking into pieces. 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. A bathroom floor rarely experience water damage unless you purposely let water sit on it or if there is a leak. Hidden water leak must be the culprit if your bathroom has cracks, buckles, or stains for no obvious reason. The water can come from the pipe directly underneath the floor, or the water might have traveled there from another location. 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. You may also find stains on the ceiling farther away because water may also travel a long distance. If you notice brown, dark, or copper stain, this is a clear indication of of water leak and so as a sagging ceiling.