8 Warning Signs That Your Shower Is Leaking

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Water can wreak total havoc on your home whether it's from a busted pipe or a scary storm. If you're worried about the water that's suddenly coming from your bathroom, it could be because you have an issue with the shower leaking.

Before you panic or call the plumber, check out these eight warning signs that may indicate you've got a possible leaking problem with your shower.

1. Water Coming From the Shower Floor

It's almost impossible to tell if the leaking problem is coming straight from your shower floor. However, if you notice watermarks on the ceiling above (if you have a bathroom located upstairs), this is a serious red flag.

To check this, clean your shower floor, let it dry, and then cover the drain with duct tape. Fill the shower with water and wait about 15 minutes to see if water starts forming on the ceiling below. If so, the issue is likely related to an improperly sealed or cracked shower tray or base.

2. Shower Leaking From the Drain

Drain issues are quite common when it comes to plumbing-related leaks. Troubleshoot this part of your shower right after you've checked the shower floor situation.

Remove the duct tape and let the water drain as you check carefully for leaks. It might just be a simple matter of replacing the drain, which is a fairly simple and inexpensive process. If you're not sure about removing and replacing your shower drain, a trained plumber can do this for you.

3. Issues with Grouted Tile

Once you've confirmed the leaking shower isn't related to your drain or shower tray, it could be a result of missing or cracked grout between your tiles. Splash or spray a bit of water on one wall of the shower at a time, checking for leaks as you go.

Take a close look at your grout lines before and after you get them wet. Be on the lookout for missing grout or obvious holes, which are usually the culprit when you have a leak in the tiled area. All you need to do is apply new grout to any areas that seem vulnerable, and this should remedy the problem.

4. Water is Coming from the Handle

One common sign of a shower leaking is when water seems to keep coming out of your handle after you've turned the water off. If this problem is left untreated, water can constantly pour out of the shower handle, making the issue worse over time.

Usually, a leaking shower handle is due to worn out parts found inside. Over time, the cartridge and other components can simply wear down after hundreds of twists and turns. Remove the handle and identify what parts need to be replaced to remedy this annoying leaking issue.

5. The Pipes are Causing Problems

If you're seeing water seeping through the ceilings or walls, it's not always due to a leaky shower base. In many cases, you've probably run into an issue with your plumbing behind the walls or under the floor.

Old pipes tend to wear down over time, or you might just have an issue with a fitting that needs to be replaced. The good news is that a plumber can handle most leaky pipe issues and get it fixed for you. The bad news is that you may have to rip out part of the floor or walls to gain access and troubleshoot the issue.

6. There's Water on Your Bathroom Floor

If you notice puddles of water gathering on your bathroom floor after a shower, it's probably due to a leaky door. Shower doors rely on good seals and a tight fit to prevent water from breaching the shower area and getting into your bathroom.

Make sure your shower door is still on its track, and check for seals to make sure they're not worn out or brittle. You can easily replace shower door seals or have the door re-fitted to ensure it's snug and tight. Another common culprit is that the "weeping holes" along the door tracks are clogged, but it's an easy fix that should help keep your bathroom floors dry.

7. The Showerhead is Dripping

Once you turn the water off, your showerhead should not continue dripping. If it does, there could be a few different reasons for this annoying problem.

Make sure your showerhead is tightly screwed onto the pipe and that there is a layer of Teflon tape between them. It could also be a result of clogged holes, so remove the showerhead and clean it thoroughly in a bowl of white vinegar. Let the showerhead soak for eight hours to remove those pesky deposits.

8. Water Marks are Visible on Walls and Floors

You might notice remnants of water showing up on the walls and floors of your bathroom. This is probably due to an issue with caulk that surrounds the shower, and you may just need to re-seal the perimeter.

Without good sealant, it's easy for water to travel outside of the shower and get onto your walls and floors. You can find out more about how to troubleshoot leaking showers to determine exactly what's causing the problem.

Make Showering Fun Again

If you're dealing with a shower leaking, it can be stressful until you find out what's causing the issue. With these eight warning signs, you can easily troubleshoot the problem and get it fixed fast.

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