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 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.
Blistering wallpaper or paint is another sign of shower leak or bathroom 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. Another clear sign that you have a water leak in your shower or bathroom is a stained or warped wall. A dry wall that is exposed to moisture will soften and begins to bubble, leading to warping and eventually breaking into pieces. If the water leak reaches the ceiling, it can cause sagging 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. Unless there is a water leak or you purposely let water sit on it, a bathroom floor rarely experience water damage. 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.
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. 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.