The shower is a marvel of modern technology. Think about it. A few hundred years ago, or even just a hundred years ago, the idea of it was impossible. The notion of having running water, hot or cold, flow into your home on demand so you can bathe with ease was unthinkable.
Here we are. The shower has become a fixture of the modern bathroom, and it has become the most common way for people to clean themselves. The tub is still there, but most homes don’t have space for it. Slowly, we are leaning towards the idea of the bathtub as a place to relax, not clean.
In that sense, we’re only catching up to the Japanese, who have been doing that for centuries.
However, there is one thing about the shower that can be troubling. That one thing is a leak.
Like anything that’s hooked up to pipes, you have to watch out for holes in your shower. These can be very costly regarding utilities. The water can also cause damage to your house, even if your bathroom is lined with waterproof tiles.
How do you tell, then, that your shower is leaking? Well, here are a few signs to look out for. Some of these might even help you spot leaks in other pipes.
The obvious sign is that there’s a leak. Dripping water from any part of the shower is a clear indication. Usually, shower models will drip a little water after use, but this stops after a while. If it’s been around an hour or so since and there is no more active use, call a plumber.
Check the paint. Is it peeling along the walls of the bathroom or on the ceiling for the rooms below the bathroom? This is a sign there’s a leak. Water damage anywhere in the home that is below the bathroom can also be an indication.
A damp, musty spell on the carpet or wallpaper is also a sign. Usually, this is not unique to a leaking shower and can be caused by any excess moisture. You might want to look into where the smell is most prominent first.
Water can also cause tiles to crack. As the water builds up under the surface, but the mortar remains firm and watertight, it’s the tiles that break first. This is as true for bathrooms as it is for the rest of the home.
If allowed to accumulate and fester, water can go bad. Stagnant water has a distinctive smell, and if you pick it up, you can be sure there’s a leak somewhere. You might want to find the spot where the smell is strongest to get started on tracking the problem.
Like we said, not all of these signs are exclusive to showers. Some of them are just indicative of a leaking pipe in general. In all instances, it is best to call a professional plumber to track the problem, seal the leaks or to replace the piping.