When you stop to think about the kind of damage a leaking shower can cause, a few answers probably come to mind.
From mouldy silicone joints and cracked tiles through to chipping, peeling, and flaking wallpaper. These are just some of the common symptoms of a leaking shower that are easy to identify at a glance.
But did you know there are more sinister, deeper underlying issues that can threaten the structural integrity of your home?
Termite Infestations and Moisture
One of the most serious of those is the threat of termite infestation.
To be specific, we’re talking about subterranean termites, timber pests that live in damp, moisture-rich conditions in order to survive and avoid drying out.
For this reason, subterranean termites prefer to live and travel deep within the soil outdoors.
When the opportunity arises to enter your home (they detect the presence of damp timber due to a leak in your shower), they dig mud tunnels to climb the exterior walls and enter through tiny cracks and crevices – or even the roof or gutters. Other times, they gain entry through unsealed drainage pipes or below the foundation.
Once inside, subterranean termites seek shelter in cool, damp sections of the home. They then feed on various wooden structures, including frames, bearers, joists, braces, and even batters or rafters. Such damage can compromise the structural integrity of your home, and cost you a fortune in pest control and general repairs.
Unfortunately, subterranean termites are incredibly good at sneaking into your home. It could be weeks or even months until you notice the obvious signs of damage. For this reason, it’s vital that you keep an eye out for any signs of water damage from a leaking bathroom or shower.
Common signs of a leaking bathroom or shower
Below are some of the most common signs that your shower or bathroom is leaking:
- Chipping, peeling, or flaking wallpaper
- Cracked, loose, or chipped tiles
- Mouldy silicone joints
- Missing tile grout
- Musty smells or odours
- Water marks in the ceiling below the upstairs bathroom
- Difficulty opening certain doors and windows
- Damp carpet near the bathroom
If you discover any of these warning signs, contact Shower Sealed today.
Talk to the experts in leak Detection and Waterproofing
Our highly skilled technicians use the latest technology and techniques to identify and resolve all kinds of bathroom and shower leaks.
We pinpoint and target the exact source of the leak to ensure that water goes just where it should, down the drain. Our waterproofing methods include re-grouting, resealing, retiling, shower waterproofing, and shower renovations.
Together, these elements work together to prevent water from entering parts of the home that are ill-equipped to deal with the presence of moisture, thus saving you from costly repairs and pest control services.
Every solution is tailored to your individual needs and budget, backed by a guarantee for your peace of mind.
To request a free, no-obligation quote for leaking bathroom and shower repairs, contact Shower Sealed.