2 Signs Your Bathroom Is Suffering From Underlying Water Damage

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If you have children, you might be used to mopping up flooded bathroom floors and drying out towels. Unfortunately, that water accumulation might be seeping under baseboards and wicking into drywall, which can spark rot and mold growth. Here are two signs your bathroom is suffering from underlying water damage so that you can do something about it:

1: Paint Problems

Does your paint seem a little strange? Before you chalk up the problem to an unprofessional installation, you should consider the fact that those walls might be hiding water. Fortunately, you might be able to detect problems by inspecting your paint carefully for these issues:

  • Bubbling: If water wicks upwards into your drywall, it can make the paint separate from the chalky sheetrock surface, creating bubbles. Unfortunately, if these paint bubbles are pierced, they can pave the way for additional water penetration.    
  • Flaking: Once that paint has bubbled, it is just a matter of time before it gets rubbed away by a passing person. Unfortunately, friction can cause a flaking pattern to begin inside of bubbled paint, which can look terrible.  
  • Color Inconsistencies: If water problems are a problem that has plagued your bathroom for a while, previous homeowners might have covered up problems with new paint. Also, existing water damage can prompt mold growth, which can create discolored areas.

If you find paint problems that might stem from water damage, mark the areas with removable tape. That way, if you have to call in water damage repair experts, they will know where to start their repair work.

2: Problems With Grout or Caulk

It might look like that plumbing fixture or tile was installed improperly, but the problem might stem from previous water damage. If moisture penetrates the area between the wall and your sink or bathtub, it can expand and contract with temperature changes, which can cause gaps, cracks, and fractures. Unfortunately, once this damage occurs, it can pave the way for future corrosion. Every time you take a shower, bathe, or wash your hands in the sink, that added water can penetrate the same areas, exacerbating the problem.

However, you might be able to fend off issues by addressing problems with grout or caulk early. Using a flashlight, inspect your entire bathroom for any cracks or grout problems. If you find issues, report them immediately to water damage contractors. If there are additional signs of underlying water damage, experts can remove the fixtures to repair the area. However, if the gap is the only issue, contractors can re-caulk or re-grout the space to prevent future water penetration.

By being able to detect water damage early, you might be able to repair problems before they get worse.

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