Your bathroom naturally experiences a high humidity level, which means that a potential plumbing leak can go unnoticed for a long period of time - causing significant amounts of damage behind the scenes that can be both costly and complicated to fix. Fortunately, there are a few warning signs of a hidden leak that you can watch out for in your bathroom to diagnose plumbing issues quickly and to get in touch with a professional contractor to fix them before they create serious problems.
1. Peeling and Blistering
One of the most common signs of water damage behind the walls or ceiling of your bathroom is if you notice that the wallpaper or paint on your walls has begun to peel, bubble, flake, or otherwise separate itself from the wall. If severe enough, this can even turn into physical damage to the underlying wood or material that makes up the wall, with blisters forming and the material itself crumbling or sagging downwards.
2. Flooring Warping and Damage
Your bathroom floors should be more water resistant than your bathroom walls and ceiling since they are made out of tiles or other similar materials that are highly resistant to water damage. However, they are not immune to becoming damaged by a hidden leak under your floor: over time, water exposure to the underlying supports of your floor can cause sagging, warping, and other unevenness to begin to manifest itself. If a sudden irregularity in the slope of your floor appears, like a cavity or a bulge, you know that you likely have a plumbing leak in that area that needs to be addressed as soon as possible by a plumbing professional before the floor itself can be fixed.
3. Mold Growth
One of the most obvious signs associated with a hidden water leak somewhere in your bathroom is if you notice that mold has started to grow in a specific area of your bathroom, like under the sink, around the toilet, or anywhere on the walls or ceiling. While mold can sometimes be caused by ambient humidity and moisture, more often than not mold that has appeared on your walls or has grown in an out of the way area can be attributed to a pinhole leak in a nearby pipe. Further, if you can smell the earthy scent of mold, or have experienced aggravated but out of season respiratory issues, but can't actually see any mold, it is likely growing behind your walls or other surfaces in your bathroom.
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