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 subtle signs of shower leak that need the help of a 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. 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.
Another sign of shower leak or bathroom leak is blistering wallpaper or paint. When moisture and water get between the wall and paint, the seal or bond is eliminated and it starts to separate the two, which causes the paint to rise from the wall and thereby falling off to 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. 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 shower room or bathroom has buckles, cracks, or stains for unknown reason. Depending on the flooring you have, the water may come from the pipe directly underneath the floor, or the water might have traveled there from another place and moisture softens your floor and feels like sponge. 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.