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4 Common Causes of a Shower or Bathtub Leak

12/11/2019 (Permalink)

Macro white tiles with a grout mold. Cracked grout in a Washington, UT home

4 Common Causes of a Shower or Bathtub Leak

Given the amount of water that moves through your home's bathroom on a daily basis, it probably doesn't come as a shock that the area is highly susceptible to water damage. Where, exactly, that unwanted water is coming from may be a surprise, though. Here are four of the most common causes of a shower or bathtub leak.

1. A Loose Drain

When the drain fitting at the base of your tub or shower stall becomes loose, it can lead to leaks directly below. Since the water is out of sight, a great deal of water can escape before the leak becomes apparent due to the smell of rotting wood, mold, or in the case of a second-floor bathroom, water passing through the ceiling and invading the room below.

2. A Loose Faucet or Showerhead

In the grand scheme of bathroom leaks, a loose faucet or showerhead is one of the "better" problems to confront. For starters, it's usually easy to identify. Typically, it's not a source of damage, either, since the water simply goes down the drain. A shower or bathtub leak of this kind can be a colossal waste of water, though.

3. Cracked Grout

Gaps in the grout that separates the wall from your bathtub or shower are an easy route for water to escape, little by little. Over time, all of that leaking water can lead to rotten wood and mold growth.

4. A Broken Shower Pan

Much like a loose drain, a cracked shower pan can lead to costly repairs if not identified quickly. Plastic shower pans can bend and break with time, resulting in a leak that deposits water beneath the shower and which can go unnoticed for a long period of time. If you spot water at the base of your shower or a slope to the pan itself, it may indicate a shower pan leak.
A shower or bathtub leak in your Washington, UT, home may be stressful, but it doesn't have to be a nightmare. Enlisting the help of an experienced water damage mitigation company can lead to a high-speed cleanup and a lower level of anxiety.

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