Top 3 Ways to Identify Leaks in Your Shower Wall

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Published on 25 Aug 2023
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If you’re starting to notice mould or damp patches on your shower walls, it’s time to take action. Leaks, even small ones, can quickly cause serious damage to your home. The good news is that there are ways to prevent leaks before they start. One of the most common causes of leaks in your shower walls is building movement. As temperature and moisture levels change, buildings naturally expand and contract.

This movement can cause cracks in the grout, which can then lead to water damage. If you do find a crack, it’s important to repair it immediately. Another common cause of leaks is damage to the waterproof membrane underneath tiles. This membrane is designed to keep water from seeping into the structure of your home. However, if it becomes damaged, water can easily leak through. To help prevent this type of damage, it’s important to regularly inspect your shower for signs of wear and tear.

Here are the top 3 ways to identify leaks in your shower wall.  

1. Check for Stains on Your Ceiling

Checking for stains on your ceiling may not be at the top of your weekly to-do list, but it’s worth adding to your routine. Water stains caused by leaks in your shower wall can be a sign of a serious leakage issue, and it’s important to catch them early. Keep an eye out for any dark patches or discoloration on your ceiling, as these could be signs of water damage. However, it’s important to remember that water can travel through surfaces, so even if you think the stains are small, it’s still possible that there is a leakage issue. If you suspect that there may be a problem, it’s best to contact a professional plumber as soon as possible. They will be able to inspect the situation and determine the best course of action. By catching the problem early, you can help prevent further damage to your home.

2. Signs of Mildew or Mold

When you see mold or mildew in your home, it’s important to take action immediately. Mold and mildew are forms of fungi that thrive in damp, dark places which can mean a sign of leaks in your shower wall. When left unchecked, they can cause serious damage to your property and pose a health risk to your family. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), exposure to mold can lead to health issues such as respiratory problems, allergies, and skin irritation. If you suspect that you have a mold problem, it’s important to call a licensed plumber right away. Plumbers are trained to identify and repair the source of the leak, which will help prevent further issues. In addition, they can provide you with advice on how to clean up the affected area and prevent mold from returning in the future.

3. Check for Signs of Damaged Wallpaper

One of the most common signs that there is an issue with your wallpaper is if you notice that it is peeling, wrinkling, or bubbling. This can often be mistaken for damage that has been caused by hot water or steam, however, this generally is not enough to cause such extensive damage. If you see any of these signs, it is likely that there is an issue with moisture behind your wallpaper. This could be due to a leaks in your shower wall or just excess moisture in the walls which can reduce the stickiness of the wallpaper and cause it to puff up or bubble. Either way, it is important to have this fixed as soon as possible by a licensed plumber so that further damage does not occur.

How Can Our Plumbers Help

If you are experiencing leakage in your shower wall in your home, contact our experienced plumbers. We have been helping residents inspect and repair shower leakage for over 20 years combined. We’re here to help you and provide a $0 call-out free for all your emergency pipe or drain leakage needs. We understand how important it is to respond to your inquiry quickly and effectively and that is why we will always respond to you within 60 minutes. Contact us today!

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