Checking For Bathroom Leaks
Checking for bathroom leaks: The first indication that something in your bathroom may be leaking is the appearance of water stains on the ceiling of the room directly below your bathroom. This is normally indicative of a long term leak that hashed enough time to cause damage to the plaster board of your ceiling.
If you start to notice damage to the ceiling below you bathroom its important to get a qualified plumber in as soon as possible because they can identify the leak and fix the problem before it causes more damage and you have to have major work done to fix the problem.
Shower and Bath Leaks
You should check the seals and the state of the bathroom sealant around your shower and bath tub every few months, this is the most common area for leaks to occur. When water comes into regular contact with the wall or floor around your shower or bath significant damage can occur.
In the longer term this means you may have to pay for the plumbing repair and the cost of repairing you walls, floors & ceilings below.
Things to watch out for include:
- rotten floor boards
- peeling paint
- damaged plaster work
- wooden flooring curling up
- mould spots on silicone
Leaky Pipes & Fittings
There are a number of fittings and pipes that can leak in your bathroom. Leaks around drains and plugs are the most common places to find a leak, water tends to leak slowly out of these areas so it can be difficult to spot. The best thing to do to check if your drain is leaking is to fill the bath up, put the plug in and mark the water level on the bath. Then leave it for an hour or two and check to see if the water level has dropped.
If the level has dropped its a clear sign of a leak. I could also be a faulty plug so you should check this by repeating the test with a different plug.
Another common source of leaks is damaged silicone sealant between your tiles. Mould and mildew growing on on the silicon and tiles is a warning sign that water is leaking into the affected area so this may well be the source of a bathroom leak.
The vast majority of leaks coming form your toilet will occur between the toilet and the waste pipe. This means that every time your toilet gets flushed water seeps out of the gap between the toilet and the waste pipe, because toilets are used regularly and use a large amount of water and leaks here can become problematic quickly. Fixing this is a fairly big job so you will need to employ a plumber if your toilet is visibly leaking.