Leaks In The Bathroom


A common call out Plumbers have are finding the cause of leaks and fixing them, or as we refer to in the trade 'Track and trace.' There are many places in the household leaks can occur,. one of the common places is the bathroom due to the amount of water coming to it and draining away.

This post is how to help trace some of the common leaks in the bathroom. If you see a damp patch on the ceiling or in the corner down stairs chances are the leak is coming directly above - however sometimes it can be in another room as water will find its own level and if there is a slop on the ceiling it will travel and collect where it can sit and pool or exit such as a light fixture.

1. Water pipes

Check all water pipe inlets that supply your toilet, taps and shower to ensure that they are dry. Do this before anyone uses the facilities as not to be confused with condensation from the shower steam. Ensure to look at nuts / fittings to the taps and toilet. Look for any gaps on fittings on the mains pressured shower if on the wall to see if they have come loose or need resealing.

2. Seals

Remove the bath panel and run the shower around the seal of the bath to ensure it is water tight. Also if you have a shower panel run it around to ensure the seal is working as you may think the water on the floor when you exit the shower was caused by you getting out. Run the shower over the bath taps and look to see if any water is coming from underneath.

3.Check the drainage

Look at the bath, basin and toilet drains to see if after use there is any signs of leaks. If you have a low / high level toilet (cistern on the wall) chances are you will have a pipe connected to a flush cone in the toilet, check to see this is not leaking. Overflow pipes on toilet that are not secured correctly can leak into the premises if the fill valve fails.

4. Are the tiles and grout in good condition

If you have resealed and are confident that the seal is water tight and when using the shower leaks still occur there is a chance the tiles may need regrouting or replacing.

5. What time does the leak appear

  • Consistent leaks - are likely to be caused by the water inlet to the bathroom.

  • After use - this can be the water inlet but more likely to be the drainage.

  • In the morning - this can be a blockage in the sink and a dripping tap that has slowly filled overnight. It could also be a fill valve to cistern which is overfilling to a faulty overflow.

  • Night - water pressure increases as night as people are getting ready for bed and water is not being used. This will give the house hold greater pressure and put more strain on fittings for inlet pipes.

There are many reasons as to why leaks occur and above are only a few. Please ensure you use the correct personal protective equipment when looking for leaks in the household. If you are not sure what you are doing or do not feel confident please hire a professional to carry out the task.

Leak Shield Plumbing and Drainage offer a 24/7 fast effective same day service to Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire.

If you are in need of fixing a leak - call Alex on 07762773796 to see how we can help or visit us at our website https://www.leakshield.co.uk/

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