Checking for and preventing leaks in your bathroom
Leaks are an inevitable occurrence at some point in the life of your bathroom. It may be a faulty pipe, which can happen in both old and new properties, or something is old and broken, something that is more likely to happen in an older property. Staying on top of things can help you identify any potential problems before they escalate, saving you a lot of time and money in the long run. In this month’s article we have compiled the tips and tricks you need to help you do that for the most common problems found in bathrooms.
What to check
Bathrooms use a lot of water so there will be a few things to keep an eye on and check from time to time, particularly if you are in an older property or the bathroom suite has not been recently replaced or safeguarded.
- Toilets. Water and other liquids will easily find their way to the base of your toilet, so the first thing to check is that it is not coming from something else such as an open shower curtain, proximity to the sink, ‘bad aim’, or bad mopping. If the floor around the toilet is spongy, stained, or has some give then you most likely have a problem which will need to be addressed.
- Showers and baths. After every shower, do a quick check to make sure that any water isn’t escaping through a crack or collecting and sitting anywhere. Check your shower pan at least once a year to make sure that the sealant has not cracked or lifted allowing water to seep through which can cause you a problem under the shower or behind a wall.
- Walls and floors. If you notice any discolouration or softening of floors and walls it means you have water underneath or behind them. Dry wall can become warped and soft; you need to allow any trapped moisture to escape before addressing the problem.
There are a few things you can do to prevent leaks from happening in the first place, including:
- Repair or replace missing tiles or gaps in grouting. Equally, if you notice that your grouting is starting to decay or is cracking, get it replaced before it deteriorates further.
- Don’t leave any standing water in your bath, drain it as soon as you have finished. Standing water can find its way into tiny cracks and gaps and start to cause damage over time.
- Reseal any areas that are showing signs of age or deterioration. This includes the shower tray, and around your toilet bowl and sink.
- Consider installing an extractor fan, even if you have a window. This will help ensure that no moisture remains behind which can start to find its way into cracks and gaps.
- Keep an eye on and test your shut off valves Repair or replace them at the first sign of a problem as they are your first line of defence against a burst pipe or overflow.
If you would like some advice or help checking or repairing bathroom leaks, our Total Plumbing plumbers are here for you. You can contact us on 01822 735 200 or 07973 206 085 or drop us a line at for some advice or for a free, no-obligation quote.