A water leak in your home is never a good thing, but count yourself lucky if it is in a place that is easily accessible and therefore easily fixed. It is even better if you are handy and can fix the leak yourself, as it saves the cost of calling in a plumber.
There are many places in your home where a water leak can occur. Let us discuss those places that are vulnerable to water leaks.
How to find out if there is a leak?
Here are the steps you can follow to check for a water leak:
- Switch off all taps, washing machine, dishwasher and other plumbed in devices.
- Check the water meter and note the reading.
- Keep the water meter turned on.
- Wait a minimum of an hour, then check the reading again.
- For the duration of that hour, don’t flush the toilet or use the water. If the reading is different, there may be a hidden leak.
If you suspect the toilet, which is often the source, here is how to check if there is a leak:
- Drop food colouring into the cistern, and then watch if the coloured water reaches the bowl. If it does, the toilet has a leak.
- An alternative to the food colouring method is to put a sheet of toilet paper on the back wall of the bowl on top of the water line. If it remains dry, the toilet is not the source of the leak.
Homeowners consider bathroom leak as an enemy. Its presence can mean anything from a minor leak or a disaster that can blow up anytime. Because of this and the fact that you’re unsure until you look, never leave a leak unresolved too long after it is discovered.
Here are some signs pointing to a leak in your bathroom:
- Mould and mildew. The presence of mould and mildew is a dead giveaway. They will just continue to grow and spread the longer you leave this problem. Also remember that having them in your home is not good for your health as well.
- Damaged wallpaper and paint. When water and moisture seep into the wall and wall coverings, the wallpaper and paint will begin to bubble and peel. While this can occur due to steam in the bathroom, it can also be due to a leak at the back of the wall. Use the extractor to avoid steaming causing the leak.
- Damaged floors. It is time to check for a leak when you see warping, cracking or stains on your floor.
- The nose knows. Bathrooms certainly have a smell that is unique on its own. But when you smell an earthy aroma that lingers, this a sign of moisture and a possible leak.
Water leak in your shower screen?
A water leak in your shower screen means it is not doing its primary function, which is to keep water from the shower away from the other areas of the bathroom. Water will accumulate on the floor or persistently wet the bathroom rugs. This is bad because constant moisture will encourage mould growth, not to mention other hygienic-related problems. Elevated moisture in the bathroom can also damage the wooden parts of the room.
If you see signs of leaks in the shower area, it is vital to determine the real cause of the problem. It may be a problem beyond the screen, for example, the water pipes. If so, the wisest thing to do is call a plumber to fix the problem.
What Happens when you Ignore Leaks?
Have you ever been shocked right after you see the amount on your water bill? You know your consumption had been the same. You had no visitor who stayed over so no extra showers or washing since the previous bill, but the water meter shows consumption that you can account for.
The additional usage showing up as an added cost to your bill may be due to a leak. If the leak is in your property, up to the water meter and sewer connection point, the repairs and the costs are your responsibility.
What if the leak is in the wall cavity?
A leak could do the most damage if the water has been seeping into the wall cavity for some time. Have you noticed some signs of a leak like the ones mentioned above? If you do, it is best to call in the experts, especially if the leak is behind the wall cavity.
Protecting the wet areas in the average bathroom from the ravages of water, soap and shampoo is done using waterproof paneling or tiles. These are permanent fixtures, so any leak occurring behind, for example, the shower wall, will usually mean stripping the tiles or paneling off to get access. Once the leak is fixed and the area is dried, the paneling or tiles are replaced.
What to do about leaks?
There are certain leak issues that you can fix on your own. If there is a water leak through tiny fissures between the wall and the shower screen frame, apply caulking on the fissures. Apply a silicone sealant to waterproof the area where there is a break between the screen and the floor or wall.
The only other possible cause of a leaking shower is severe structural movement of the building itself that causes fissures to open, both in the shower and in the parts of the structure.
Whether a big or small leak, the first thing to do is to uncover the source. If you are not sure how to go about this, call in the experts. They will provide a correct diagnosis and carry out the appropriate repairs.
After the repairs are completed, you can proceed to eliminating any mould or mildew and get your bathroom back to its pristine condition.
When do you need screen shower replacement?
Applying sealant may not solve the problem as the cause could be due to a gap between the door and the wall. In some situations, it is best to get a replacement for your shower screen. If you need a new shower screen after the repairs are completed, call Budget Showers for the widest range of products and the most reasonable prices.We install framed, semi-framed, semi-frameless, sliding and bath screens.
The important aspect in all shower screen installation is accurate measurements and cuts. This is our principle at Budget Shower Screens. Precise measurements, cuts and installation eliminate the chance of gaps between the enclosure and the walls. We make sure our installations are top quality so that our client’s shower screen is functioning per their expectations.
Aside from a shower screen replacement, an upgrade of the entire shower room may also be called for. Call a plumber to work on the shower controls. During the upgrade, look for other damages that the leak may have caused. This is the perfect to do this to prevent more costly repairs in the future.
How to prevent a water leak?
Once the repairs and/or renovation are complete, owners would want their beautiful modern bathroom to remain leak-free.
You can install a water leak detector that automatically turns off the water when a leak is detected, a pipe burst or a tap is left running. With everything repaired and in order, your next water should reflect your actual usage.
Budget Shower Screens receive a lot of work because of hidden leaks. There is usually extensive damage, so owners often decide to combine leak repairs with bathroom renovations, most especially those who have older bathrooms.
Preventing leaks is always our objective when we install shower screens. The professional team at Budget Shower Screens do the job right the first time so we can guarantee that our customers need not worry about water leaks ever again.