Fix your leaking shower
In our minds, showers and bathrooms are waterproofed so we needn’t worry about any water issues. Here are 5 reasons why you shouldn’t neglect fixing your leaking shower. A leaking shower may not seem to be a problem in the beginning. Why because in our minds the shower is specifically built to contain water, so why the hurry in getting it fixed. We tell ourselves that bathroom repairs can be costly so we hold off on the leaking repairs as long as possible. Unfortunately, the longer the leak is ignored, the greater the damage and more costly the repair.
Need a good reason why you can’t neglect fixing your shower leak then read on.
Impact on our environment
Australia has gone through a lot of droughts in the past decade. Parts of our country are in the grip of another drought. It has not only added extra pressure to the economy but the poor struggling farmers and affects us all. Less water means fewer crops cultivated and higher market prices.
In Sydney dam levels are dropping at an alarming rate. Warragamba Dam which is the city’s largest source of water currently sits at under 50%. The onslaught of the summer season and bushfires will do nothing to ease the pressures on the dams. We all need to play our part in contributing to saving water, every drop is precious. Have you given a thought to how much water is wasted from that leaky shower head?
One leaking shower head which drips about 10 drips per minute equals to over 1,000 litres per year.
Higher Water Bills
Every year the cost of living goes up inflation on the rise. It’s harder for families to cope and we all have to become savvier with our income and expenses. Mortgage payments and utility bills account for a significant part of our expenses. Electricity, gas and water bills we can’t control the fixed charges. We can control the usage charges by being smarter about how we use our services.
Stop ignoring the drip from the leaky faucet or leaking shower head. Every drip you ignore is your hard-earned dollars going down the drain. Remember the bigger and heavier the leak the higher the bill.
Leaking shower heads are quite easy to fix. If the water is leaking from the showerhead, hose or arm it generally means that the sealing washers are damaged and need replacing. Remember always turn off the water to the house before pulling any plumbing apart to inspect. Not confident then it’s best left for a plumber or handyman to fix.
Drip Drip Drip how can little drops of water become so annoying and take over your consciousness. The sound of the ocean is so soothing, yet the sound of the solitary drip mind-blowing. Worse yet if your bedroom is next to the bathroom. The nights when you settle in bed for a good nights sleep but all you can hear is that pesky leak from the bathroom. Once you’ve heard it you can’t hear it. It takes over your consciousness and builds on your nerves. A good nights rest is vital for our wellbeing and mental state.
If there’s one place that mould will love in your home it will clearly be the bathroom. That nasty smell of rot coming from your bathroom is a warning sign of hidden dangers. Not only is it unpleasant for the people living in the home but visitors as well. Constant exposure to high amounts of mould can lead to health problems, particularly in the case of asthma and allergy sufferers.
Some may treat the mould with store-bought chemicals while others with home remedies. Always ensure that there is good ventilation to stop mould forming in the first place. When having a shower either use an exhaust fan or open a window for airflow. After the shower uses a squeegee to remove excess moisture from the walls. Clean and disinfect bathrooms weekly.
If the reason for the growth of mould is because there is a leak behind the shower wall or under the shower tile, no amount of products will destroy the mould. This should be inspected and fixed accordingly.
Continued dampness in your bathroom will lead to structural problems. Water leaks not only destroy your bathroom but adjoining rooms. Peeling paint, rotting timber door frames and flooring, wet carpet are all signs of a water leak. If the bathroom is on an upper story of a home or an apartment the water can drip the ceiling below.
If the water leak is in the shower recess, it can destroy the timber frame supporting your shower. Over time the water collected under the shower tiles will damage the waterproof membrane. A damaged membrane means that the water can travel to the structural components. Your bathroom consists of timber floors and timber studs supporting the walls. Long term moisture will rot your timber leading to expensive rebuilds. The severity of the damage will be dependent on the location, cause and length of time of the leak.
Signs of a Shower Leak
Notice any of the following symptoms they are indicators that you may have a shower leak. Not sure have a professional assessment.
- Smell coming from your bathroom- Always trust your nose if it is a musty smell caused by mould from rotting timber in your bathroom. Sewer smell means it’s a blocked drain.
- Cracked or loose tiles – Cracked tiles will allow water to travel underneath causing tiles to become loose.
- Cracked or missing grout – Missing or cracked grout allows water to penetrate behind the tile. In time the grout will become discoloured and allow the growth of mould.
- Peeling paint Damaged Walls – When a gyprock wall is wet for a continuous period of time it will cause the paint to bubble and peel.
If you notice any sign of a leak in your shower always have it fixed as soon as possible. Leaks fixed early will save the environment and save you money on the water bill and Shower Repair.
Caught early your shower can be sealed without the removal of tiles at a fraction of the cost of a rebuild.
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