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Signs Your Shower is Leaking Water

9/8/2020 (Permalink)

brown water stains on white ceiling from shower leaking above When a leaking shower goes unchecked in Morristown, the result can be completely water damaged ceilings.

A leaking shower can cause an enormous amount of water damage to your home - especially when it isn't caught early. Many times, showers leak behind the wall (where you can't see) and the problem isn't caught before extensive water damage restoration is needed.

As a homeowner, knowing the signs of water leaking from your shower will help save your wallet from major unplanned renovations in the future.

Signs Your Shower Is Leaking Through The Floor

1.  Water Stains

If you notice water stains forming on the ceiling below your shower, there's likely some sort of bathroom leak. Any type of water stain is a signal of water damage in your Morristown home.

2.  Bubbling Paint

When water gets behind walls and causes buildup of moisture, paint may begin to bubble or chip. This is especially noticeable with a current or ongoing leak.

3.  Crack in the Tub

This sign is fairly obvious, but if small enough can go unnoticed for some time and cause the tub to leak into the ceiling.

4.  Standing Water On Bathroom Floor

If you're done with your shower and find that there's water on the floor when you haven't even stepped out yet - the shower is likely leaking from the base or through an unsealed shower door. This will cause the bathroom floor to leak water into the ceiling below. 

5.  Sound of Water Dripping Behind Walls

If you turn the water on and it sounds like it is coming from some place else other than inside the shower - inspect it immediately. Loose connections between the pipe joint of water pipes can cause water to seep into walls and floors of the bathroom.

6.  Soft Walls or Floors in Bathroom or Adjacent Rooms

If you're in the shower and feel like the floor is soft or squishy, there is a definitely a leak affecting your shower - and the structure of your Morristown home is deteriorating. When you find this sign of water damage, your problem has likely already been going on for some time unnoticed and should be handled as soon as possible.

Causes of A Leaking Shower

  1. Broken or insufficient wax rings or seals can allow water to penetrate the subfloor of your bathroom. This can affect shower drains, entire tubs, or the shower pan.
  2. Broken shower valves which connect to the shower head can literally pour out water inside the wall when you turn on the shower.
  3. Shower pipes can naturally begin to leak over time if they are old and begin to deteriorate.
  4. Gaps in caulk can cause shower spray to seep into walls or subfloors.

What Should You Do Next?

Anytime you find a sign of a leaky shower in your home, you should act as soon as possible to have the problem fixed. Call your plumber to find the leak and repair it.

  • TIP: When you realize you have a leak from your shower, try and not use it until it is fixed. Sometimes this can be a challenge, but it may also save you a few hundred dollars in the long run!

Once your plumber has fixed the problem, you may also want to contact a water damage restoration company, like SERVPRO of Morristown to mitigate any damages your leak has caused. This can range from small water spots on ceilings to the need to replace an entire subfloor.

Regardless, a water damage company can ensure that your home is properly dried after a shower leak to prevent any further structural damage and prevent mold from growing and spreading round your home.

Water Damage From Your Shower? Call SERVPRO For A Free Estimate - 800-734-3213

SERVPRO of Morristown is a damage restoration company specializing in fire, water, mold and COVID-19. We're open 24/7 to respond to your call and work with all insurance carriers. Make any disaster "Like it never even happened."

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