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Knowing the Early Signs of a Shower Leak

It is left untreated, a shower or bathroom leak can cost you much money most especially if it leads to a very serious water damage to your floors, walls, and 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. It is just normal for mold and mildew to grow where water accumulates but not on non-shower walls, which is a clear sign of water leak, and the longer you are able to detect and fix water leaks, the faster and easier for the mold and mildew to 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 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. Sagging of the dry wall and leaking of accumulated water happens as the water reaches the ceiling. The only solution is to fix the water leak with the help of an expert and experienced plumber so the drywall is torn out, and afterwards, a painter will need to patch and paint the drywall. 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 can come from the pipe directly underneath the floor, or the water might have traveled there from another location. 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.

You’ll likely see stains on the ceilings if your bathroom on the second floor has a water leak. Check the patch of ceiling located in the room just right beneath your bathroom for signs of water damage. It is also possible to find water away from the ceiling because water may also travel a long distance from the actual source of water leak. A brown, dark, or copper stain is a clear sign of water leak and so as a sagging ceiling.

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