Arizona Restoration Specialists offers Phoenix Valley residents tips on detecting hidden water leaks that cause water damage in the bathroom.
Arizona Restoration Specialists has served Mesa, AZ, and the Phoenix Valley area for over two decades with water damage restoration services. With crews on call around the clock 365 days a year, the company can respond within an hour to any water damage problem, including hidden water damage in the bathroom. A quick response is crucial because as minutes and hours pass, the water damage expands, and mold and mildew grow.
If a homeowner fails to detect a water leak in the bathroom and the leak goes untreated, the resulting damage to the ceiling, flooring, and walls can become extensive, causing repair costs to skyrocket. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a leaky faucet wastes 259 gallons of water in one month. Imagine the damage that much water can do if it goes undetected and unrepaired.
Early detection of hidden water leaks and swift action to mitigate the leak and repair the damage can save thousands of dollars. Arizona Restoration Specialists offers these tips on how to detect hidden water leaks in the bathroom before the damage gets out of control.
Tip #1: Keep an eye out for mold and mildew.
If, after persistent cleaning of the bathroom, mold and mildew still appear, the cause may be a hidden water leak in the bathroom. A leaky pipe behind a wall, under a sink, or beneath the flooring provides mold with what it loves best — darkness, moisture, and warmth.
Some mildew in the corner of a shower is normal. However, mold or mildew on walls not affected by the shower could be a warning sign. Mildew and mold in corners away from the shower signal that water is leaking somewhere. Locating the source of the water and repairing the leak is of paramount importance. A leaking pipe provides plenty of moisture, so a delay in detecting and repairing the leak can substantially contribute to a mold infestation in the home.
Tip #2: Look up for ceiling stains.
A leak in the plumbing of an upstairs bathroom can reveal itself in the ceiling directly underneath the bathroom. Brown or copper-colored discolorations, stains, soft spots or sagging in the ceiling, or pooling water on the floor are telltale signs of an upstairs leak. Water can travel quite a distance before it finally escapes. Finding signs of moisture on the ceilings of adjacent rooms is possible.
Tip #3: Look down for any damaged flooring.
Bathroom flooring is designed to withstand higher moisture levels, so it seldom suffers from water damage unless there is a leak. Flooring that has buckled or that is cracked or stained for no obvious reason indicates there may be a hidden leak. The source could be a leaky pipe directly under the damaged flooring. The water might have traveled to the location from another area or room. Either way, the situation calls for immediate attention to stop the leak, prevent further damage, reduce the likelihood of a mold infestation, and repair the damage.
Tip #4: Look around for damage to walls.
Blistered paint or loose wallpaper may send the message that a bathroom leak has erupted. It takes more than steam from an occasional hot shower to compromise paint or wallpaper. Walls that develop stains or warping send a clear signal that there is a water leak.
Repairing the leak and the water damage to drywall often requires tearing out some or all of the affected drywall, which must be patched by a professional. While the inside of the wall is exposed, efforts to mitigate any mold growth may be needed.
Tip #5: Does the bathroom pass the “smell test?”
A musty, earthy smell in a freshly cleaned bathroom also indicates the strong possibility of a plumbing problem. Because the water is concealed in a wall, under a sink, or beneath the flooring, it never totally evaporates. The stagnant water will signal its presence with a strong, unpleasant odor.
Homeowners who have discovered a plumbing leak and bathroom water damage should reach out to Arizona Restoration Specialists. The property damage restoration company has served Mesa, AZ, and the Phoenix Valley area since 1999 with a menu of services including all facets of water damage and related problems such as mold removal and remediation, sewage cleanup, and repair/reconstruction. With crews on call around the clock, 365 days a year, they can respond on scene to any water damage issue within an hour. Every aspect of their work is fully guaranteed. Customers experience the best service in the restoration industry.
When it comes to water damage, act fast. Do not wait since the problem will only get worse over time. To learn more about water damage restoration in Phoenix, AZ, contact the office by phone at (602) 207-8529.