2 Common Causes Of Water Damage In The Bathroom

Of all the rooms of your home, the bathroom is by far the most vulnerable to water damage. Over time, this can lead to extensive damage to walls, floors, sub-floors, and exposed wood. If you would like to learn more about avoiding costly water damage repairs, read on. This article will present two common causes of bathroom water damage, and teach you how to correct them.

Bathtub Splash Leaks

Whether your bathtub utilizes a shower curtain or a glass shower door, splash leaks are by far the most common source of water damage in the bathroom. Even minor leakage can lead to huge problems over time, as the water seeps below the tiles and begins to rot the sub-floor. Signs that this may be occurring in your bathroom include:

  • standing water on the floor after a shower
  • loose tiles or curling vinyl beside the tub
  • peeling or flaking paint on adjacent walls
  • ceiling stains on the floor below
  • mold or mildew growth on the floor

How to address the problem depends on whether you use a shower curtain or a glass shower door. With shower curtains, it is important to realize that the problem can never be completely eliminated, even if the curtain is always closed completely. The best you can do is to install a bathtub splash guard.

Splash leaks in tubs with shower doors are usually caused by deterioration of the caulk that surrounds the door frame. Splash some water up onto the edge of the tub and watch carefully. Within a few minutes you should see it begin to seep through around the door frame. Recaulk as necessary where such leaks occur, being sure to press the caulk as far beneath the frame as possible.

Bathtub Drain Leaks

Drain leaks occur where the bathtub drain connects to the outflow pipe. They can be hard to detect because the leak generally takes place beneath the tub itself. Thus the most common signs are water on the ceilings or joists of the space below the bathroom. Left untreated long enough, additional problems with the flooring--loose tile, peeling vinyl, excessive dampness--will eventually manifest.

The good news is that fixing a bathtub drain leak is fairly straightforward. Begin by unscrewing the drain flange located inside the floor of the tub. This will provide access to a rubber gasket. Chances are this gasket has become cracked and corroded. Lift it out and purchase an appropriate replacement at a home improvement store.

After you've pressed the new gasket into place, apply a bead of silicone caulk to the bottom of the flange and screw it back in. This caulk will help to keep ensure a tight seal, thus preventing water from escaping and causing unwanted damage.

If the water leaks in your bathroom have caused damage beyond your ability to repair, contact Absolute Restoration LLC.