Bathroom Leak Prevention

One leak in your bathroom could cause severe damage if not taken care of right away. Always be on the look-out for signs that indicate a leak. Follow these guidelines to keep your bathroom in good shape and free of leaks.

Repair or Replace Cracking or Worn Parts

Damaged parts are the biggest cause of the leaks in the bathroom. Look over all the following parts regularly, and repair or replace them if they show signs of wear.

  • O-ring or plastic washer in shower head
  • Toilet tanks
  • Toilet flapper valve
  • Washers around toilet tank bolts
  • Sink faucet washer
  • All bolts and washers

Catch it Before it Spirals

Not only does catching leaks before they become problematic save you on your water bill, but it can also save huge headaches in the long run. Tiny leaks can lead to damaged sinks, stained tubs, and rotting walls and floor boards.

  • Look for leaks at supply lines to toilets and sinks
  • Check the toilet between the tank and the bowl, and the bowl and the floor
  • Inspect grout in showers regularly—re-grout as needed
  • Clear out sediment build-up in faucets and showerheads to prevent stifled water pressure
  • Replace leaky toilet flappers to save hundreds of gallons of water

Check Caulking

Caulking plays an important role in leak prevention. Caulking should somewhat pliable, and should not be broken or blackened with mildew—if it is, don’t use just any caulk, replace it with a tub-and-tile type silicone-based caulking. Check the following areas for damage.

  • Around the bottom of the toilet
  • Along wall at the edge of the tub or shower
  • Where the tub meets the shower
  • At the base of the tub or shower along the floor

Know When to Call a Plumber

There are some things that need to be fixed by professionals in order to avoid future damage. Call a plumber if you find the following problems, or if you ever feel like you’re in over your head.

  • Leaky or stuck water supply lines and valves
  • Leaking shower heads, or other leaks that you can’t fix
  • Leaks present in the shower pan
  • Trouble with mold or mildew on the walls

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