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Your Guide To Water Leak Detection in a Bathroom

Water can cause significant financial and physical damage to any property, which is why it is essential to know the signs and symptoms to look for when a water leak occurs. Prevention is better than cure, and the bathroom is often one of the primary sources of a leak in any property. In this article, we will highlight the best ways to check for any leak so that you can minimize any damage done. Unfortunately, finding the source of a leak is not always straightforward, which is why it is always beneficial to have the details of a specialist leak detection company stored in your phone, just in case!

A Leaking Bath

Baths have a huge capacity, and many people can often leave them unattended to fill up before getting in. It makes good sense to regularly check all around the bath, particularly where there is any pipework or seals for gaps or leaks. Always bear in mind that not all leaks will release a lot of water, but even a tiny constant leak can cause a lot of damage over time. The other problem with bath leaks is that the majority of the pipework is hidden behind a bath panel or even inside the walls, which means that the first time you might realize there is a problem is when water stains begin to appear on the ceiling of the room below the bathroom. Unfortunately, by this stage, significant damage could already have occurred. Whether you are a homeowner or a landlord, it is essential to check.

Another issue with baths is a leak around the bath drain itself. This is relatively easy to check, fill the bath, and put a plug in. Check the water level every hour, and if the level has dropped, then you are left with two options. Opinion one is to replace the plug. If the water remains at the same level after replacing the plug, then everything is good. However, if the water levels continue to drop, this is a clear sign of a leak that needs to be investigated further. With a switch to plastic baths and shower trays, these types of leak are much more prevalent. Plastic is more pliable and can flex as people get in and out of the bath, eventually leading to a seal breaking.

Shower Leaks

Showers can also be the source of water leaks in a property, and in much the same way as a bath, regular checking of the seals, shower and showerhead is essential. The constant leaking of water is more likely to cause long-term problems than a one-off leak, although this, of course, will depend on the volume of water involved. By checking regularly, you are more likely to notice a problem early and be able to resolve it with minimal cost and disruption. To put this into perspective, a constant leak, however small, can cause wooden floorboards and joists to swell and eventually rot. Other signs to look for include peeling paintwork and rotten flooring. Carpets and vinyl flooring can retain water, with the vinyl eventually curling and subsequently deteriorating, letting water gain access to the floor below. Although not regularly used in a bathroom, carpets can absorb the water and then keep it in contact with the wood below, eventually leading to long-term problems. It makes sense to install a shower cubicle rather than a curtain where possible, as it is easy to forget to keep the curtain within the confines of the shower tray and allow the water to run down onto the floor. Also, check regularly for any signs of mould on the silicone or seals as this is a sign that there are gaps in the silicone which need to be repaired.

Tiling Leaks

Many people do not even consider the fact that grouting will deteriorate over time, which can then let water get into the walls. Once the water is behind the tiles, it can become trapped or drip down onto the floor below. Look out for mouldy or loose tiles as a sign of this type of problem.

A Leaking Toilet

This is one that most of us would rather not contemplate, but unfortunately, due to the regularity with which a toilet is used, it happens all too often. The most common leak occurs between the toilet and the waste pipe, which means that every time the toilet is flushed, some water can leak. This can quickly cause significant damage and cannot be ignored. Although not a pleasant job, regularly check the seals around the toilet, ensure that the toilet does not move when anyone sits on it, and don’t ignore the seal where the toilet meets the floor.

Never Ignore A Leaking Tap

A tap that leaks is often one of the easier issues to see. Unfortunately, many people mistakenly think that the water is only flowing into the sink, so it is nothing to worry about. The reality, however, is that the water may also be running down the sink and behind it leading to long term damage. If you have a leaking tap, do not ignore it; get it fixed as a priority.

In summary, if you are concerned or have a suspicion that you have a water leak, then take action urgently. If you know where the water supply stop cock is, turn it off to prevent further damage. If you cannot find the source of the leak, then call in a professional Leak Detection Company, as this will save you money and stress in the long term.

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