How to Detect Water Damage in the Bathroom
Water damage is not always easy to find, especially in the bathroom. After all, water is a normal thing in bathrooms! A broken pipe is a clear sign of an issue; however, what about the hidden culprits like a cracked shower tile, unstable or old caulking and grout, or a leaky seal on base of the toilet bowl where tiny leaks are causing large amounts of damage to floor boards, ceilings, and walls as well as a potential drain on your wallet of thousands of dollars in repairs?
Consider some of these hints for possible areas of water damage in your bathroom and act quickly if you find them:
If you know your home was built with a wooden floor system, the sub floor is most likely made of plywood. If the plywood is subjected to moisture, the subfloor will rot, and the floor will begin to feel soft or spongy in places. Your toilet may also feel unstable when you sit down. This could lead to your entire floor collapsing if left unattended.
Trust Your Nose
If you still smell something musty or damp after a thorough cleaning, it is probably due to moisture damage lurking behind the walls. Although many older homes have this smell, rooms with actual damage have a more prominent smell. Sometimes you might not be able to see it but be sure to trust your nose and call to find the affected area.
This is another clear sign that may point to an extensive problem. When drywall absorbs water, it begins to swell and becomes soft. Over time, the damaged area starts to crumble, especially around the baseboards. If you run your hand across the wall and it feels uneven or looks crooked when you look at it.
Mold is built from the inside out so that by the time you can see it, no matter how much you scrub, the problem will not go away. You will need the help of our specialists to return your home to a safe place for the whole family.
Inspect and Repair your Bathroom Water Damage to prevent dangerous mold from forming and causing deterioration in your bathroom to occur, call SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo experts to inspect and repair your bathroom water damage.