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3 Signs of a Potentially Leaky Shower

8/26/2019 (Permalink)

A shower leaking Shower leak in an Hanover Township, PA home

Follow These 3 Signs If You May Have A Leaking Tub Or Shower

Bathroom leaks can be intimidating to the average homeowner. Uncovering the signs of a bathtub leak early-on can save you money and the hassle of cleanup if replaced upon discovery. Watch for the following three things to see if you may have a leaking tub or shower in your home. If damage is extensive, you may need to hire a Hanover Township, PA, water damage restoration company to manage repairs and cleanup.

1. Uncovering Water Damage

When buying a used home or getting into a bathroom renovation project, in can be helpful to read the signs of a potential shower pan leak. Shower leaks can be deceiving, and may not appear after initial shower use. If you suspect a leak in the pan or tub, watch for water appearing in the following locations:

In a ceiling below a tub
Throughout a crawl space
Wet carpet in neighboring rooms

2. Cracked Caulking

If a shower or bathtub leak is apparent, you will need to get down to the cause of the leak. One of the most commonly found and easily resolved shower leak issues is damaged caulking. Cracked caulking may have a dried-out appearance and flake or peel away easily. To repair cracked caulking on your own, let the area dry completely. Scrape away old, damaged caulking and replace with a strip of fresh caulking. Follow the package directions for curing time to ensure the new seal is fully water-proof.

3. Damaged Pan

To test the integrity of a shower pan, you can start by stoppering the drain and filling the pan with 1-2 inches of water. Allow the water to sit for several hours if necessary. If leaks are discovered, determine what can be done to make repairs. Oftentimes, full pan replacement is necessary. While it may be a more expensive fix, it can reduce significant bathtub leak damage in the future.

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