Sometimes it’s obvious that you have a shower leak.
When you have a shower leak, tiles might peel off the wall or fall off. A trickle might run from the where the taps and wall tiles meet. A crack could appear on the floor of the shower.
However, more often than not, you won’t realise it is even leaking.
But that flaking or peeling paint in your bathroom, that musty smell or that mould growing on your clothes in your wardrobe might actually be a symptom of a shower leak.
>> If you see any of these signs in your home, call ALSS Bathrooms on 1300 556 775 to stop that shower leak in it’s tracks!
Shower Leak Warning Signs
If left untreated, a water leak in your bathroom can cost you, especially if it leads to serious water damage to walls, flooring and paint. Look for these somewhat subtle signs to determine whether you need us to fix the leak before things get worse:
1. Musty Smells
If you can smell a mustiness from your bathroom this can be a sign of mould and rotting which could be from your leaking shower. Mould and mildew thrive in bathrooms, especially ones with poor ventilation. Not only is this bad for your health but mould spores also actually destroy materials in your bathroom such as wood. This is what gives off that terrible smell.
2. Peeling or Bubbling Paint
When moisture from a shower leak gets in between the wall and paint it destroys the bond between which causes the paint to bubble from the wall and peel. It can also damage bathroom ceilings which can look unattractive, but can also worsen over time and cause serious structural issues.
Resist the urge for a quick fix by painting over the problem area. Identifying the root of the problem with a shower repair will be more cost-effective in the long run.
3. Cracked or loose tiles
If you notice that your tiles are moving beneath your feet, it’s a time to act quick! Once the water penetrates underneath the tile it can lead to the shower wall swelling causing tiles to fall off the wall or crack.
4. Discoloured and Missing Grout
Loose or missing grout within your shower should always be sealed as soon as possible as this allows water to penetrate behind the tile to the waterproof membrane underneath. Discoloured grout is not only an eyesore but a sure sign you have a leaking shower. Left untreated for a long period it can lead to structural damage which will end up costing you more to fix. The condition and colour of the grout in your shower is one of the biggest signs you have a leaking shower needing repair and reveal how well the shower is functioning
5. Bathroom or shower door jamming
When a door is jamming or not closing properly, this is the sign of a shower leak. A quick repair to a leaking shower can have several benefits including the proper functioning of bathroom and shower doors.
6. Ceiling below bathroom is damp or has water marks
Does water leak downstairs when someone showers upstairs? Do you notice wet spots or water stains on the ceiling directly below the bathroom? You may have a leak from the upstairs bathroom.
A small shower leak cause cause a lot of damage! Water will ruin the drywall and could lead to wood rot and costly structural damage. Mould may grow and put your family at risk and are you sick. If you want to keep your home safe, you need to repair the problem right away with a shower repair.