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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 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 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. A dry wall that is exposed to moisture will soften and begins to bubble, leading to warping and eventually breaking into pieces. 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. In fact, a bathroom floor rarely experience water damage unless you purposely let water sit on it or if there is a water leak. Hidden water leak must be the culprit if your bathroom has cracks, buckles, or stains for no obvious reason. 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 may lose its adhesion, becoming too loose and allowing you to easily remove a piece because of 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 find water away from the ceiling because water may also travel a long distance from the actual source of water leak. 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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