I think there is a leak somewhere in the shower or bath plumbing. What can I do?


Leaky plumbing might be an inexpensive and easy fix, once the problem can be located. Discovering exactly where the leak is found can be the hard part. Assuming the leak is not a compound problem with several problem spots, once the problem is identified, the fix shouldn’t cost too much time or money. One of the larger concerns of having leaky plumbing, however, is the damage that might have been caused by the water. The sooner the leak is fixed, the less damage will be done, and the less expensive and time-consuming the repair will be.

What are some of the signs of leaky plumbing?

Leaky plumbing can cause several problems within your house, including damage to the structure of your walls, and the paint or wallpaper on them. If paint or wallpaper are bubbling or coming right off the walls, there is probably moisture in the walls. If the wall itself, or the ceiling, is warping and looks stained, it could be the result of water. Sometimes mould and mildew are visible on walls, ceilings, or floors, which should also alert you to the presence of unwanted water. Even when mildew isn’t visible, you may be able to smell it. You should be aware that the signs of leaky plumbing may manifest in rooms above or below bathrooms, the laundry room, or your kitchen, meaning that bubbling walls, floors, and ceilings in these rooms are also a risk.

How can I be sure where the leak is originating?

A bath or shower leak might be caused by leaky plumbing, or it could be due to a crack in the caulking where the shower and tub meet the walls. To be sure the leak is a result of drainage pipes and not an opening or gap in the frame of your shower, do small splash tests: turn on the water and close the shower door to see if water is coming through a crack. Check the tiling grout and the caulking around the tub for cracks and gaps; check any rubberized door gaskets or sweeps for gaps. A loose tile, or mould in the grout, might indicate that a crack is allowing moisture into the walls, instead of the presence of a leaky plumbing problem. If you suspect a problem with the integrity of the grout, rubber, or caulking around your shower and tub, troubleshoot the small spots by fixing or replacing them. If the moisture problem persists, you likely have a plumbing issue.

What can a plumber do in this situation?

The plumbers at Waterman Inc. have the right tools for locating the leak in your plumbing and fixing it. They have drain cameras that will be able to track down the source of the leak, and monitor it. They will be able to access pipes that you cannot see, and replace or repair any parts that are broken. They will go right to the root of the problem and repair your leaky plumbing, ensuring that it will stop causing damage in your home.

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