The usual route of travel of water during a shower should go from the water supply onto your and down the drain line, safely out away from your building. If you take a shower and notice that the ceiling under your bathroom is leaking or has water stains, then you are probably rightly worried. Have no fear. Your friends at Neighborhood Plumbing are here. We can have a certified plumber dispatched to your location at any time of the day, any day. We also put together this quick read on some possible sources of the leak if you prefer to take care of the job on your own.
Leaking Water Pipe
The water supply line is what brings water into your building and appliances through a network of pipes. These pipes are not indestructible. They are susceptible to loose joints, cracks, misalignment, corrosion, and more. A common result of these is a leaking water pipe. The natural route this water will take is that which gravity offers: downward. If you can access the pipes, then take a look for signs of leakage or damage.
A Clogged or Damaged Drain
The water supply line brings water to the shower and the drain line sends the wastewater out. If the drain line is clogged, then water may be squeezing through joints and crevices. If the drain line is damaged, then there will likely be leaking. Again, with nowhere else to go, the water will make its way straight down to the bottom floor.
Damaged Bathroom Tiles
Your bathroom tiles are not just for aesthetics. They serve a practical purpose as well. Bathroom tiles keep shower water from seeping into the walls and the bathroom floor. If tiling is loose or damaged, then any water that splashes onto the tiles will make their way into the walls and floor. It should be easy to spot the damaged or loose bathroom tile. Replacing it may require a professional’s assistance.
Faulty Faucet or Showerhead
A faulty or broken faucet or showerhead can waste hundreds of gallons of water per year. This spike in your water bill is just one problem, though. A dripping faucet or showerhead can cause leaks inside of the wall as well. A damaged O-ring, washer, or gasket is usually the culprit in such a situation.
When to Call A Plumber
Water leaking through your ceiling is nothing to take lightly. If you notice damage on the ceiling, just imagine what is going on between your bathroom floor and the downstairs ceiling. Water damage can ruin drywall, damage pipes, grow mold, and breed bacteria. These pose health hazards as well as financial hazards, exposing you to respiratory illnesses and spikes in water bills. For the sake of your health, property, and wallet, call a nearby local plumber if you are not able to fix the problem on your own. The certified plumbers at Neighborhood Plumbing are always ready, willing, and able to help. Our live representatives are on standby to take your call now.