We use our bathrooms every day, multiple times a day. Because we use them so frequently, it can be easy for water damage to occur since a lot of moisture is making its way in and out of your plumbing system through pipes and drains.
Knowing what to look for and how to address any problems early on can save you a lot of headache and money in the long run.
Here are a few suggestions for inspecting your bathroom for potential excess moisture damage. We recommend performing these inspections once every three months in order to prevent problems before they occur. It only takes a few minutes!
Check the bathtub and shower for the following:
- Cracked tiles
- Missing grout
- Cracked caulking at joints where the bathtub or floor meet the walls.
- Clogged pipes and drains
- Lingering moisture
- Discolorations and soft spots
Any of the above could indicate an internal leak, and you’ll want to get it repaired right away to prevent further structural damage to your bathroom and home.
Look for the following signs of invisible plumbing problems:
- Moisture and stains on your bathroom floor or walls
- Moisture and stains in adjoining rooms
Internal plumbing problems are more difficult to detect since your pipes are hidden behind walls. That’s why it’s important to check for signs of moisture leaks on the surfaces of your home.
Inspect sinks and cabinets for the following:
- Drips in the trap
- Cracked or loose sink seals
- Slow-draining sinks
It’s easy to overlook these areas, but it’s equally important since they are regularly exposed to moisture. Inspect the area below the sink as well as the countertop above it for any problems, and contact an emergency plumber if you see anything suspicious that may be indicative of future issues.
Check the toilet for the following:
- Leaks around the seat, under the water tank, in the hose, as well as in the rim and tank seals
- Moisture on the floor around the base
- A slow flush or clog
The toilet junction is especially vulnerable to water damage, so be sure to check for problems regularly and call a plumber if you’re even the least bit concerned.
Take the above measures on a consistent basis, and you’ll be far less likely to experience damage that could cost you thousands of dollars if not addressed right away! Should you experience unfortunate damage beyond repair, call a water restoration specialist. Or if you’re handy, you could attempt the repairs yourself…