water damage in your bathroom
  • November 10, 2021
  • Effective Building
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The bathroom is the one room in your house that is frequently exposed to water. Because bathrooms use a lot of water, there’s a danger that water will leak in behind walls and beneath flooring, causing water damage. 

If the damage isn’t handled promptly, concerns like mildew and structural damage may develop gradually. It wouldn’t only necessitate significant work to rectify, but it would also be expensive.

When it comes time to sell your home, the building and pest report will alert potential purchasers to any water damage issues. To aid in preventing water damage in your bathroom, Effective Building & Consultancy may have some helpful suggestions for you to consider.

Watch Out for Indication of Leaks

If you notice musty odours, the bubbling of plasterboard, or discolouration of walls or flooring, this could be an indication of a leak somewhere. Examine the walls to see if any spots have become softer than others. 

Check under vanities for leaks, and don’t forget about the sink trap. If any of these problems emerge, locate the source of the leak and have it repaired as soon as possible.

Check Valves

Another suggestion for preventing water damage in your bathroom is to have the valves on your sinks, showers, and toilets examined regularly to ensure they’re in good working order. 

Wetness or stains around the valves usually indicate a leak. If you observe any of these issues, contact a professional to check into that.

Fix or Replace Tiles

Water can seep into the walls and beneath the flooring when bathroom tiles are damaged, chipped, or not in place. It’s critical to repair or replace the tiles to avoid water damage. 

It also happens similarly for caulking around sinks, tubs, showers, and damaged grout.

Upgrade to Newer Models

According to research, toilets account for almost 40% of your annual water consumption. Furthermore, older showerhead models may use twice as much water as contemporary models. 

We recommend that you replace your outdated fixtures with fresh models. This will help you track your water usage and prevent potential water damage in your bathroom along the road.

Unclog the Drain/Hire a Plumber

If your sink is draining slowly, it could be due to a clog. Next time you’re at bunnings, pick up some drain cleaner and follow the directions. 

If this doesn’t clear the drain, contact a plumber to inspect the trap for obstructions. Ensure that no water has accumulated and is resting in the space around the sink.

Toss Items into the Trash

Other than toilet paper, no other thing should be flushed. To rid of such items, have a trash can in the bathroom. 

Washing large clumps of hair down the drain can also cause serious obstructions. Instead, always dispose of hair in the trash.

Turn on the Exhaust Fan

Another useful technique for preventing water damage in your bathroom is to turn on the exhaust fan whenever you use the tub or shower. The fan aids in the removal of excess moisture from the bathroom, hence preventing mould and odour problems. 

In the event of excessive humidity, you can install a dehumidifier in your bathroom.

Drain Water

After using the shower or tub, make sure to drain all of the water. Remember to get rid of any standing water on the floor as well. 

This will prevent the occurrence of any potential water damage. Torn shower doors or shower curtains having damaged seals should be replaced.

Use Bath Mats

Place bath mats on your bathroom floor to absorb water as you step out of the shower or tub. They help to limit the possibility of excess water accumulating on the floor.

Going Away?

If you’re going on vacation or just leaving the house for the weekend, turn off the water supply to the entire house. When no one is home, a burst pipe or other emergency might be tragic! 

Keeping these items in mind will assist you in minimizing any harm that may be caused by the collection of moisture in your bathroom. Following these suggestions will help keep surfaces in good condition and guarantee that the money you spend on your bathroom doesn’t go to waste due to damage.

How Can Effective Building & Consultancy Help with Your Water Damage Concerns?

Whether you’re selling or buying a house, schedule a pre-purchase building and pest inspection with Effective Building & Consultancy, and one of our professional inspectors will report back with any water damage issues they discover. 

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Elie Farah is a Building Consultant with over 25 years of experience in the property industry. Elie has specialised knowledge in development acquisitions, blue-chip properties and inspections, as well as flood-affected and waterfront properties, heritage buildings, bushfire management and existing use rights.

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