If it is not addressed, a bathroom leak can cost a lot of money, especially if there is significant water damage to the floor, walls, and the paint. Unfortunately, not every bathroom plumbing leak is obvious. That is why you need to look for some of the common signs of a leak so that you can have professional intervention as soon as possible.
The first sign is unexplainable mildew and mold. Because these two things thrive in moist areas that are dark, it can be found under the flooring, under the sink, behind the toilet, or in any other dark corner of the room. It is normal for a little mildew to form since the bathroom is a moist place, but it is when it forms on non-shower walls that you know there is a leak somewhere.
The second sign is damaged wallpaper or paint because it will start to come loose. This means that moisture has gotten between the wall and the paint or wallpaper. The bond is destroyed and you are informed in a roundabout way that there is a problem.
The third sign is that there may be a warped or stained wall for what appears to be no reason. Drywall that has been exposed to moisture may also begin to bubble, which can cause it to break into pieces. If the reach goes to the ceiling, it may cause the ceiling to sag and possibly leak.
The fourth sign is damaged flooring. If water is allowed to sit on the bathroom floor, it can cause damage. If the floor is cracking, buckling, or staining, then water may be the culprit. The water can come from a pipe under the floor.
The fifth sign is an earthy smell. Water that is never allowed to dry can leave behind this smell. One way to make sure the smell is the result of a leak is to clean your bathroom really well. If it remains, then you know that there is hidden water somewhere.
If you notice these signs, it is ideal for you to have the problem addressed as soon as possible. That way you know exactly where the leak is coming from and can have it fixed so that you and your family are protected from the destruction and the health risks that come with leaks.