A water leak in your bathroom can be catastrophic in other areas of your home – and if it’s your shower, you need to take action quickly, before it gets worse.
5 Signs of a Leaking Shower
There are five telltale signs that you’re dealing with a shower leak:
1. Mildew or mold. If you’re cleaning your bathroom frequently but you’re still seeing mold or mildew around the outside of the tub, or you’re seeing it spring up around joints, in caulk or in grout, you might have a hidden water leak.
2. Damaged flooring. Bathroom floors are built to withstand occasional water exposure, so you usually don’t have to worry about damage from normal use; everyone splashes a little water out of the tub now and then (and if you have little ones, it probably happens daily). However, if your bathroom floor is cracking, staining or cracking, that’s a sure sign of a problem – and it’s most likely a pipe leak.
3. Damaged walls. Warping, staining or bowing is almost always caused by a water leak. Regular bathroom moisture shouldn’t cause problems like those, except in very rare cases, so you’ll need to call in the big guns if your walls are deteriorating. The same goes for damaged paint or wallpaper; water leaks can cause blisters by ruining the bond between the wall and the wall covering.
4. Stained or damaged ceilings below bathrooms. If your ceiling is sagging, has a “coffee stain” or blistered paint, or it’s visibly leaking, you definitely have a problem – and it’s one that requires professional help.
5. Musty, earthy smells. Mold has a distinctive smell, and you’ll know that you have a problem if the smell is strong enough to invade your living space. Your leaks are probably well hidden, which means that you may need extensive work to repair them.
Let The Shower Pros Help You
If you’re suffering with a leaking shower that you’d rather replace than fix, please take a moment to browse our extensive selection of new, low-maintenance showers. Check out our simple, straightforward pricing to see how much removal of your old shower and installation of the new one you want will cost, and then, when you’re ready, call us at 615-925-336 or contact us online.
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