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Given the number of plumbing systems confined to a relatively small space, it’s no wonder bathrooms see their fair share of water damage emergencies. In this article, we’ll discuss the common issues that can arise in bathrooms as well as discuss things you can do to prevent it and what you should do if bathroom water damage happens to you!
Leaking Shower Pipes & Pans
Depending on how you look at it, perhaps the worst type of water damage that can happen to your bathroom is a slow issue that occurs over time. Why do we say this is so bad? For two reasons: first, it most likely will be a mold issue by the time you discover it and second, your insurance company won’t cover any of the costs to repair the issues.
That’s exactly what can happen if you have a leaky shower pipe behind your wall or a shower pan that has cracked. Over time, water will permeate the wall cavities, subfloor, etc. By the time you notice the discoloration in an adjoining wall or ceiling from the floor below, it’s a sign the water damage is significant and it’s usually a pretty safe bet that once opened up your water damage cleanup contractor will find black mold.
Another issue that can occur in your shower is the grout in between tiles can deteriorate and create cracks where water can pass through and into your walls. It’s important to visually inspect your shower to make sure that all corners are well caulked and that there are no cracks running through the middle of your shower pan area. If that is the case, it’s a sign of bigger problems that could be very expensive to fix if they persist.
If you suspect you might have a slow leak causing moisture and mold issues around your shower, it’s best to call a certified water damage mitigation company like us. We have the tools to ‘see’ behind your walls and determine whether or not there is a moisture issue and if so, how widespread the issue is.
Sinks Overflowing or Supply/Drain Pipes Leaking
When it comes to your sink, virtually any type of water damage they cause is typically covered by your insurance…even if you accidentally leave the sink running and it overflows. However, like other slow leaks, if you have a water issue that slowly persists over time underneath your sink, your insurer may not cover any of the damages it causes.
Other than ‘user error’, the most common form of bathroom water damage we see from sinks is the connection between the pipe and the supply line deteriorating. When this happens, water can go everywhere in a hurry! To protect against this, regularly check the connections to make sure they are secure and also make sure to check the supply lines themselves to make sure they aren’t close to malfunctioning.
Toilets Overflowing, Cracking or Supply Lines Bursting
The final plumbing system in your bathroom can be the most likely to cause you problems. Improperly installed toilets can be a major issue, and even well installed and maintained toilets can malfunction and cause emergency water damage. Visually inspect your toilet every few months for small cracks. These cracks can eventually permeate the depth of the bowl and send water everywhere. Also check the supply lines of your toilet for warping, bubbling or cracks. It’s recommended they be replaced every 6 years, as their strength deteriorates over time.
What should you do if you have bathroom water damage?
If you’ve discovered flooding in your bathroom, the most important thing you can do is call us or another certified water restoration company. Without an expert’s assessment of your moisture issues, as well as the right equipment to remove the moisture and dry out the structure, it’s virtually guaranteed you will end up with black mold in your home!
One of the biggest challenges for any water damage company is properly diagnosing the extent of the water incursion. Even experienced technicians miss moisture spots, and if they do, there’s virtually no chance they’ll be able to dry out your bathroom and other affected areas without mold eventually growing. We use a variety of moisture detection systems to find every single centimeter of water damage, so that once we begin the drying phase, we know what drying systems we need to use and where we need to employ them. Please, please, please understand that spotting and drying moisture is extremely difficult. You can’t just suck up the water and turn on some fans and expect a good outcome. In fact, if you do that, you can pretty much guarantee yourself a bad outcome: black mold.
We guarantee that when we’ve completed repairing water damage in your bathroom, not only will it look just like it did before the loss, there won’t be any risk of black mold growth from an improper dry-out.