A shower leak may cost you expensive repairs if it is left untreated, leading to serious water damage to your walls, floors, and paint. What are the subtle signs of shower leak that need the help of a plumber? Mold and mildew usually start to grow and develop on moist and dark areas of hidden water leak areas such as your shower room or bathroom going to your flooring and walls. A leaking pipe has plenty of moisture, and the longer you are able to detect and repair the leak, the faster and easier the mold will grow.
Another sign of shower leak or bathroom leak is blistering wallpaper or paint. The adhesive bond between the wall and paint is eliminated if moisture and water seep in, separating the two and causing the paint to rise and fall off in pieces, and same is true with wallpapers. Another clear sign that you have a water leak in your shower or bathroom is a stained or warped wall. A dry wall that is exposed to moisture will soften and begins to bubble, leading to warping and eventually breaking into pieces. As the water reaches the ceiling, it leads to sagging of the dry wall and leaking of accumulated water. In order to fix the leak, a professional plumber needs to tear out the dry wall, and a painter needs to patch and paint after the plumber is finished. Unless there is a water leak or you purposely let water sit on it, a bathroom floor rarely experience water damage. If your bathroom is cracking, buckling, or beginning to stain for unknown reasons, then hidden water must be the culprit. Depending on the flooring you have, the water may come from the pipe directly underneath the floor, or the water might have traveled there from another place and moisture softens your floor and feels like sponge. The tiles become too loose that is allows you to easily remove a piece due to exposure to water and moisture underneath because it loses adhesion.
You would notice stains on ceilings if you have water leaks in your bathroom located on a second floor. Ensure that you check the patch of the ceiling in the room which is directly beneath the bathroom for signs and stains of water damage. It is also possible to see stains on the ceiling farther away since water may travel a long distance. Any copper, dark, or brown stain is a sign of water leak and a sagging ceiling is a sign that water from a leak reaches the area.