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How Do I Know If My Shower Wall Is Leaking?

Do you think your shower wall might be leaking? We help you find out if there is water seeping through the walls by noticing these tell-tale signs. Learn more in our guide!

Damp walls and patchy ceilings are never a good sign.

When such issues in the bathroom become apparent, we know that there could be many reasons for this. But, sometimes, the problem could be a deep-rooted one that is building up in the walls for a while. In such cases, it would help to know the signs of hidden leakages so you can prevent them before it gets serious.

Firstly, try to eliminate all other causes and ensure the leak is indeed from the walls. To do this, here are a few ways to tell if the leak originates from the wall…

6 Ways To Know If The Shower Wall Is Leaking

1. Damaged Or Peeling Wallpaper

Observing bubbles or stains on the wallpaper of your bathrooms is usually not a good sign. There may be a leak in the walls if you can see the wallpaper tearing into bits and peeling out. Generally, the steam generated from hot water showers is not enough to distort the wallpaper and cause it to wrinkle.

This can only occur where there is internal damage and puffiness in the walls. Also, the excess presence of moisture in walls can reduce the stickiness of the wallpaper to the wall and paint. In extreme cases, parts of thin wallpaper will fall off at the slightest touch.

Water Damage Wallpaper

2. Presence Of Mould Or Mildew On Walls

You may already know this, but mould and mildew cannot survive unless there is an abundance of moisture. It thrives explicitly in damp and dark places, and it is not unusual to find mould and mildew in the kitchen, bathrooms, and showers. Typically, the underground pipes provide a perfect environment for mould to propagate, which means it could be hidden behind the shower walls.

In any case, sometimes, you will be able to see the mould in patches. But other times, you can make out their presence due to increased allergic reactions in the skin and respiratory system. Such a situation confirms the presence of mould, which means you might have leaks in the wall.

Mould Mildew Bathroom Water Leak

3. Musty Smell In The Shower

Does cleaning the shower not reduce the musty smell lingering in the bathroom? Many people complain of an earthy or musty smell in the bathroom that refuses to leave even after intensive cleaning sessions. Even though it may seem harmless enough, little do people know that a continuous smell hanging around is linked with water leakages.

And, if you have been noticing the musty smell frequently, applying generous amounts of air fresheners will not do the trick. Instead, you may have to investigate beneath the walls to see if, indeed, a leak is present.

4. Damaged Floors

While tidying the bathrooms, the floors are something you get to clean first and foremost. It should be pretty easy to notice any visible changes to the floor’s integrity. If apparent stains are developing or the tiles begin to crack, it may indicate a deeper issue.

Cracking or buckling of the floor when there has been no apparent flooding recently could mean that a leak has penetrated its way to the floor. The moisture probably arrived there from a nearby pipe that leaks or has burst, but don’t rule out another origin point for the leak either. Anyway, regular floors do not feel soft or spongy, with the tiles coming right up if you move them.

Mostly, you can assume it to be a piping issue, and it’s imperative to get down to the crux of the problem to prevent further damage.

5. Ceiling Stains

Take a close look at the ceilings for stains and water patches. If you can already spot them without taking a second glance, the leakage situation could already be pretty widespread. And with ceilings, it does not have to mean that the exact spot of patches has a leaking pipe behind it.

From what we know about water, it is clear that the seepage can travel for quite a distance and manifest in another part of the ceiling. If the stain appears dark or the ceiling seems puffy and soggy, you’ll definitely have to investigate the matter to fix it.

Water Damage Ceiling Bathroom Lights

6. Wet Cabinets

After you open the bathroom cabinets to grab toiletries or toilet paper, the last thing greeting you should be moist interiors. It may seem far fetched to conclude that water in the cabinets could have anything to do with shower leaks. But, water in the walls can travel short distances and find an outlet anywhere, even in your cabinets.

Is Your Shower Leaking?

Apart from the signs mentioned above, you can also determine the state of the walls by checking the faucets. If the faucets are loosening and require caulk application before resisting water again, you could have a persistent leak issue.

Once the leak’s location is identified, you can take a call on the course of action required based on how extensive the damage is. Remember, replacing the piping is a more straightforward job but fixing long-standing damage from mould, mildew, and water may take time.

Finally, if you are not sure how to deal with the issue, do not hesitate to call our professional Sydney plumbers to help you fix the damage.

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