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How to Find and Fix Your Bathroom Leak

Bathrooms leaks aren’t fun to deal with, but here’s what to do if you experience one!

Identify the Source of a Leak

The first thing you need to do when you discover unexplained water in your bathroom is to find out where the leak is located and where the water is coming from. This might be an easy task, but sometimes it can be more difficult if the leak is hidden somewhere that’s hard to access.

Firstly, rule out things that could cause a buildup of water but aren’t necessarily leaks. For example, your shower door might be getting old and letting excess water out onto the floor. These kinds of problems are common and can often lead to people mistakenly thinking they have a leak.

Ceiling

One type of common leak causes water to run through the bathroom floor and cause damage to the downstairs ceiling. You might notice dripping coming through the ceiling or a large damp spot overhead. This can be a worrying sight, but the damage might not be as bad as you might initially think.

If you’re worried, you can call Super Plumbers who will come out and take care of it for you. Alternatively, you could explore by yourself. If the damp patch dries and disappears and comes back sporadically, it’s probably a problem with your drain line. But if the water is dripping down relentlessly, this could mean you have a problem with the water supply line.

Exposed Pipes

Dealing with leaks emerging from pipes that are visible is probably the easiest kind of leak you’ll find in the bathroom. They’re easy to spot and usually quite easy to deal with too. If you can see where the water is coming from, it takes a lot of stress off your shoulders, and you can begin the repair job immediately.

Pipes often tend to leak at the joints. These are the things that link the pipes and keep them together. There are different types of pipe joint, but the most common are compression joints and solder joints. Compression joints are easier to fix and often just need tightening. But if water gets into a solder joint, it’s hard to fix. So, you might have to drain it and replace that part of the pipe.

Toilet

If you’re experiencing a leak coming from the toilet, it’s most likely to do with how the toilet is fitted. So, the only solution is to remove it and have a closer look at what’s going on. If the floor around the toilet is wet, remove the toilet and examine the drain hole. This is the source of the leak in 99% of cases.

Once you’ve removed the toilet, you should have a look at the ring on the drain hole called a flange reinforcement ring. If it’s old and damaged, you should replace it. You should also look for rust and replaced any part that are too badly rusted. This should fix your problem, if not, call a plumber.

Dealing with a bathroom like can seem like a big headache, but it’s not all that bad if you know what you’re doing!

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Sebastian Hirsch

This is a post by Sebastian Hirsch. Sebastian is a freelance writer and an occasional guest-blogger interested in topics related to business, health and environment. He is currently writing on behalf of commonground. When he is not working he likes to read and travel. If you have any question feel free to leave a comment.

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