As a homeowner, one of the frustrating issues you may face is discovering a leak in your bathroom tub or shower. Finding the leak may take a little detective work, but it’s better to tackle the issue before it becomes a major problem. Let’s look at some practical steps that you can take to check your bathroom for leaks.


Inspect the Grout and Caulking

A good place to start is to inspect the grout and caulking around your sinks, showers, and tubs. Over time, these materials can crack, allowing water to seep through and potentially cause structural damage. Not only that, but once the grout fails, the tiles themselves can become vulnerable to chips, cracks, and even full breaks. By checking for any signs of wear and tear, and reapplying fresh grout and caulking as needed, you can make sure that your home stays dry and leak-free.


Test the Body of the Tub

Sometimes, the tub itself can have a leak. But what do you do if you can’t quite locate where the leak is coming from? Luckily, there’s a simple paper test that anybody (even those without a background in plumbing) can do themselves. Wipe the outside of the tub until it’s completely dry. Then, line the area with paper. Begin filling the tub with water. As you fill the tub, watch for any parts of the paper that start getting wet. That should give you a good idea where the leak is.


Check the Drain

Are you one of those homeowners who are constantly trying to figure out where all that water on your bathroom floor is coming from? One common culprit of a leak is the drain in your bathtub or shower. Overtime, the drain assembly can become loose and cause water to pool around the drain. But don’t worry, there’s an easy way to test it out. Fill the tub with water. Then, listen for the sound of water seeping out. If you hear it – and see the water level getting lower – then that’s a clear indication that the drain assembly isn’t fully sealed. It may need to be tightened or replaced.


Examine the Showerhead

Another suspect may be your showerhead. Even if it doesn’t seem related at first, a loose shower head can easily be the culprit behind a mysterious leak. Does the showerhead drip after you turn off the water? Take a close look at your showerhead for any visible cracks, leaks, or signs of wear and tear. Make sure it’s screwed on tight, and check it regularly if you often adjust its position.


Check to see if it’s a splash leak

Another common cause of leaks is a “splash leak,” which happens when water escapes beyond a shower door or curtain. If you have a shower door installed, there’s an easy way to check if water is escaping through the door frame. Simply pour water around the frame and wait a few minutes to see if any leaks occur.


Time for a new set up?

Over time, the costs of repairs and maintenance can add up. Plus, an outdated bathroom can detract from the value and appeal of your home. If you’re ready for a change, investing in a new tub or shower can revitalize your space.

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Disclaimer: Our blog offers general information only; it isn’t an endorsement of specific actions. Please consult professionals and consider your situation before making decisions. D&W Windows is not responsible for any outcomes resulting from the advice provided.