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Spot The Signs Of Water Damage From Your Shower

With water, you can dissolve dirt, grime and sediments from any surface you want to clean. However, water can also wear down and wash away materials you're trying to preserve. Water damage happens in your bathroom when surfaces like walls, floors and even your ceiling are exposed to too much water, causing them to break down and even collapse.

While water damage happens most drastically as a result of a flood, even a tiny leak somewhere around your shower can cause structural damage unless you act to prevent it. Today you will learn to spot the damage that may have already occurred, what might have caused it, and what you can do to prevent further damage.

Stained Tile Grout

It's normal for grout to accumulate dirt from normal foot traffic, and it can be well managed with a monthly round of scrubbing. But if the tile grout around your shower is consistently more stained than the rest of the bathroom, then that means water is staying on the tile for too long. The grout will eventually wear away and the tiles will break apart if the problem continues. Instead of dripping on to the bathmat, dry yourself while still in the shower. This will remove much of the moisture that would end up soaking and damaging the tile.

Vinyl Floor Cupping

Vinyl is usually damaged from water running down walls and getting between the baseboard and the floor. Once under the tiles, there's little to stop the water from rotting the plywood and struts that make up your floor. Prevent this damage by making sure the door or curtain forms a tight seal, so that water doesn't splash onto the walls.

Orange Marks Around Your Bathtub

You may have noticed that a white substance forms a seal between the tub and the shower wall. You may also have noticed that if there are any gaps or inconsistencies in that white caulking there may also be an orange, puddle-like mark formed near it. This mark is made from rust.

The rust likely formed because of a leaking pipe somewhere behind your walls. You will need to call in a professional to have the leak fixed for you, and you can even install a cement backer board behind the tiles of your shower so that any future leaks don't cause so much damage.

Each of the problems mentioned here today begin small, but may eventually cause the floor to collapse or a wall to crumble. For information on supplies that could potentially be needed to fix plumbing issues, contact a business like Barstow Industrial Supply.