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5 Top Causes of Water Damage in the Bathroom

Posted by ServiceMaster YSI | April 12th, 2021 | No responses

Homes and businesses can suffer water damage in various ways. There are natural sources of water damage, such as natural flooding and significant rainfall, as well as various internal issues that can lead to water damage. Given the abundance of water present in bathrooms, these areas are especially prone to experiencing water damage.

Regardless of how the water damage occurs, it must be addressed in an immediate manner. Porous materials like drywall and wood will absorb excess water which damages their structure. Even a minimal case of water damage can become a serious issue if it is not handled promptly. The potential for mold growth will also increase because the water damage creates the ideal conditions for mold colonies to form.

If you are aware of the top causes of bathroom water damage, then you can put yourself in a better position to prevent such harm from ever happening.

1. Sink Leaks

Sinks are used every day and may experience standard wear and tear that eventually leads to a leak without proper maintenance. Regardless of whether it is a slow, infrequent drip or a rapid leak, the water can make its way beneath the sink and harm the cabinet below. The sink drain should be secure to prevent direct leaks into the cabinet.

If water does leak into the cabinet, this is reason for concern because of the high potential for mold growth and structural damage.

Knowing this, fix leaky faucets promptly. Additionally, make sure any caulking around the sink is in good condition. Otherwise, reapply caulk to thoroughly seal any gaps or cracks. Consider checking that the sink drain is also tight and doesn’t pose as a water damage threat.

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Plumbing problems are sometimes obvious such as when there is a leak or burst pipe. However, plenty of plumbing issues can be concealed as you are unable to see the pipes that run behind the walls of your home.

In such a situation, a plumbing problem behind a wall can show signs of water damage, such as discoloration and staining. Walls and cabinets near the problem area may feel soft to the touch.

In your bathroom, this can easily be an issue as pipes bring water to the sink, bathtub, shower, and toilet. Unfortunately, this can affect more than just the bathroom. If other sections/areas of a water-carrying pipe are experiencing issues, then the water damage will affect other places in the property as well.

If you come across this scenario, seek immediate water mitigation help to prevent the damage from worsening.

3. Showers and Bathtubs

Showers and bathtubs are literally designed to hold water, but this does not mean that running the shower or the tub’s faucet cannot lead to water damage. For example, if tiles are damaged or caulk is in poor condition, then there is a good chance that water can seep through, reach the wall, and/or go beneath the tub.

Even careless shower usage can result in water damage. If the showerhead is pointed too far out or a shower curtain is misplaced, water will not run through the designated drain. Instead, the water will be directed outside of the tub/shower and pool up on the floor.

When you bathe or shower, be mindful of where the water stream is directed. Pay attention to the shower/tub area as well. If you noticed cracks, gaps, or damaged tiling, take the time to have them repaired to prevent water from reaching the wall and potentially causing damage.

4. Toilets

From leaks to overflows, there are numerous toilet issues that could lead to water damage. However, water damage from the toilet is more dangerous because the water is likely contaminated. This creates a whole other set of damage concerns in addition to the standard harm that water can cause.

To prevent toilet clogs that could lead to overflows, consider how you are using your toilet. For example, paper towels are not meant to be flushed. So even if you have successfully flushed paper towels down your toilet before, continuing to do so risks a potential clog.

When a material is affected by contaminated water, it not only takes in the water but the contaminants as well. This worsens the damage, which is often irreversible.

5. Poor Ventilation

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A long, hot shower is a luxurious relief for many, but it could produce an excessive amount of moisture if the bathroom is not properly ventilated.

When you take a bath or shower, be sure to run the exhaust fan during and for at least 20 minutes afterward. This will ensure that any steam, condensation, and other excess moisture produced during your bath or shower is thoroughly removed. If you fail to run the fan, the moisture may remain for too long and cause bathroom water damage before it can naturally evaporate.

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If you have bathroom water damage in your property, seek immediate help. The longer water damage goes unaddressed, the worse the damage becomes. But with prompt action, you can limit the harm and reduce the possibility for mold growth.

ServiceMaster Cleaning & Restoration provides emergency water damage restoration services for residential and commercial properties located in Quincy, IL, and the neighboring areas. Our professional technicians will evaluate the damage and create a customized restoration plan. From there, we will remove excess water and moisture, effectively dry the property, and restore the property.

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If you are in need of emergency water damage restoration in Quincy, IL, and the surrounding areas contact ServiceMaster Cleaning & Restoration by calling (866) 801-2653.


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