Shower and Tub Leaks
Shower and Tub Leaks
Bathrooms are conveniently designed with abundant plumbing. As a result, that makes them more susceptible to developing leaks. Since so much of the plumbing is concealed behind walls and floors, leaks can be undetectable until it becomes painfully obvious that there is a problem. Determining where the leak originates can be challenging since water can travel quite a distance before a drip is discovered. If you detect a leak you will want to deal with it immediately. A small leak can quickly get out of hand causing water and mold damage.
Below are the most common reasons for leaks from shower and tub plumbing.
Supply Lines: Supply line leaks can happen because of improper installation and also as plumbing ages. Metal valves have a screw-on connection that may not be tightened enough, or rust can develop at the joints causing tiny leaks. Whether the pipes are metal or PVC, water lines can also become blocked.
Faulty Fixtures: If you have an insidious leak from the shower or tub faucet, it can possibly be fixed by simply replacing the aging gasket, O-ring, or washer. If it continues to leak after repairs, it is likely a new faucet is in order.
Overflow Pipe: Commonly located at the back of the bathtub, is a washer that is located between the overflow pipe and the tub. Due to age the washers dry up and crack from lack of moisture.
Tub Overflow: Even if the water is clean, tub overflow can cause a variety of problems such as harmful bacteria growth, leaking and dangerously sagging ceilings, ruined walls and smelly furniture and carpets. Not only can it ruin floors it can also weaken subflooring making them unsafe. If bath overflow happens, immediately shut off the water source to minimize damage.
Drain: Shower and bathtubs drains can become clogged. Be aware that using drain cleaner can damage the drainpipe, septic tank and the environment. A drain snake can be a wiser option.
Water Line Break: A water line break occurs when a hole or crack in the pipe causes water to move to the surface. Pressure in the water main will cause water to continuously flow until the issue is fixed. Signs you may have a line break are as follows:
- Puddles of water found under the sink or on the floor.
- Unusual sounds coming from the pipes such as hissing, whistling, gurgling, bubbling, and banging – you get the idea.
- Low water pressure in sinks, showers, and tubs.
- Water damage on the ceiling and walls is usually a sign of water dripping into the tiles from the upper floor. Damp water spots on the drywall can be a sign of a leak behind the wall.
- Evidence of mold and mildew.
- Discolored water from faucets.
- A spike in your water bill can actually be the first indicator that quickly grabs your attention. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, 90 gallons of water get wasted every day due to leaks in the waterline. Up to 10% of homes have untreated water line leaks.
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You can see how important it is to have water and mold damage taken care of from the first sign of a problem. Mold and mildew can be hazardous to your health and can cause severe allergic reactions in some people. Even a small leak can lead to serious water and mold damage and can cause structural damage to the foundation. If the unforeseen happens, call Water Extraction Experts immediately. Armed with state-of-the-art equipment, our team of trained and certified water extraction experts will quickly and efficiently assist you with any water and mold damage to your home or business.
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