In order to repair a bathroom leak, you need to find the leak first. In some cases, a bathroom leak may be easy to repair; it’s a simple drip from a faucet. In other cases, you may see the trail of water, yet have no idea where the origination point is.
Water is one of the most dangerous items in your home. Its something you use every day and can’t live without. Yet if it ends up in places where it shouldn’t be, it can be a huge problem for your home and your family.
One of the most sensitive places in your home is the bathroom. In addition to water in your bathtub, shower, sinks and toilet, you also have condensation from the humidity when you use the bathtub or shower. Knowing what to look for can help you decide when you should do a little repair work on your own; and when its time to call in a plumber.
As the faucets on your tub, showers and sinks age, water will deteriorate them from the inside out. While they may still be shiny on the outside, you may begin to notice small drips. If you notice leaks, it means that it is time you replaced the washers. If leaks continue, it may be time to invest in a new faucet. While replacing faucets or fixing drips may be a great DIY project, if you want it done in a timely manner, a plumber can help you install everything quickly and guarantee you don’t have additional water problems. Remember to shut off the water from the main control meter before working on it.
If you ask a plumber, he will probably tell you that most leaks don’t originate from the pipe; but rather at the grout. When water from the shower hits and splashes the tiles, a stream of water flows in all directions. If grout is sealed to the tiles, it simply disappears over time. If there are cracks or spaces, water may seep in, penetrating further into your wall boards as time goes on. Repairing this type of leak isn’t hard, although complications may occur while locating the source. If you are able to identify the source, it’s as easy as re-grouting your tiles. If you have any doubts as to the source, a plumber can use his skills and knowledge to find the origination point.
Tub or Shower Base
Fine cracks are the hardest to find. Because water may seep at a very low rate, it may take weeks or even months for damage to occur. In addition to watching for water spots, look for small accumulations of mold as well. If you clean an area only to notice mold back again in a week or two, it might be a sign of a crack. And if you don’t know where the water is coming from, a plumber can help you by using his knowledge to locate and fix it at the source.
When a toilet overflows, its easy to spot the damage. Yet if you have a small leak at the base, it may take longer to notice a problem. Watch for water spots around the base. You can also listen for running water even when your toilet isn’t in use. All are signs of a slow leak. You can fix your toilet as a DIY project, or a plumber can quickly come in and have everything running in no time.