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How To Spot a Shower Leak

12/31/2018 (Permalink)

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Sometimes a bathtub leak is obvious. On television, water gushes like the rapids down the stairs and through the ceiling below. In the real world, however, oftentimes there is extensive water damage at your home in Buford, GA, before you even suspect a problem. Here are some tips on how to spot a leak before it’s too late.

Check the Bathroom for Signs

How frequently do you walk around your house looking for problems? If you are like most homeowners, probably not often. Be on the lookout for clues in the bathroom that are suggestive of a shower pan leak, the waterproof layer that drains water between the shower and sub-floor:

  • Missing grout or caulk on the floor of the shower
  • Mold or extensive mildew growth
  • Loose floor tiles
  • Widening space between the floor and wall
  • Dampness not from an obvious source, especially when it remains wet

Be Observant Around the House

A bathtub leak, especially if ongoing, causes problems in more rooms than just the lavatory. Check these other common places where water damage may be present:

  • Wet carpeting in rooms or closets near the bathroom
  • Damp ceilings directly below the shower
  • Soft, wet trim or walls bordering the restroom
  • Black, waterlogged wood in the crawl space with a main floor bath
  • Hanging stalactites, which appear similar to icicles, in the crawl space

A bathtub leak may be a costly fix at your home in Buford, GA, particularly if it involves a shower pan leak that requires extensive replacement parts and labor. If you don’t catch the leak in time, however, you may have an even bigger problem on your hands. Any suspicion of water damage, wood rot or mold throughout the structure of your home ought to be looked into as soon as possible. Water restoration specialists have specialized training and professional-grade equipment to investigate and mitigate this damage, should it occur.

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