Signs of a leaking shower
September 7th, 2021
Ignoring water leaks for too long can become a reason for causing serious damage to your property. This is why identifying the leakage source is the first step toward resolving the problem. At Plumbing Emergency 24/7, we highly recommend that you stay alert and inform us whenever there is a leak.
To help you, here are a few visible signs that can help you identify if you have a leaking shower. Make sure to look around the house for the following cues –
Mildew and mould – When the environment is warm and wet, mould may appear in your bathroom. This usually happens because the droplets of water from a leaking shower does not dry and it remains in the corners of the bathroom. It results in creating the ideal conditions for mould and mildew growth. The common places for fungus growth are between grout, tiles and caulked joints.
Detached tiles – If the adhesives and grout that hold the tiles are exposed to water all the time, they may loosen up. It can cause the tiles to fall off.
Visible stains on the floor and walls – Based on the location of your shower, you may see blemishes on the flooring and walls. If the leakage is not severe, rust and water residue are the common types of stains that you might notice. But, if the problem is severe, you will see stains forming on the level of your home which is below the bathroom.
Mouldy smell – Mould is not always easy to spot and sometimes you might not be able to spot it at all. But, if you recognise an earthy smell, know that there is a hidden leak and it needs immediate attention.
Does a leaking shower pose a threat?
The level of threat depends on the severity of damage that the leak is causing to the home’s structure. However, it does not mean that you should ignore the problem until the last moment.
We strongly recommend fixing a leaking shower as soon as possible so that costly repairs and emergencies can be prevented. Light drippings can also result in increasing your water bills and this can lead to more significant problems. For example, moisture may accumulate in the walls and eventually reach the substructure.
Furthermore, damp conditions will be created which can trigger mould growth. This can pose a danger to your health. There are a few types of mould that are toxic for people and can cause irritation in the eyes, throat soreness and other allergic reactions.
So, as you can see, a leaking shower can become serious if it is left untreated. Whenever you spot the signs mentioned above, do not hesitate to contact Plumbing Emergency 24/7.
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