Water leaks in a bathroom can occur almost anywhere, the sink, shower, tub, drain or even the toilet. Timely detection and repair can save your home from extensive damage.
Leaks in the shower area could occur in the drain or even when water passes through a shower curtain or door. This gradually seeps through flooring and can damage it and the structure below when left unattended. Signs to look for include dampness on ceiling below, mold on bathroom tiles due to moisture, water standing on the floor and peeled sealant along the tub. Check the gasket of the shower door for wear and tear. Replace it if need be. In the case of shower curtains, ensure that it is properly closed each time you use the shower. If the caulk is worn out, scrape out the old one completely, clean the area and reapply new caulk. This should fix the problem.
The other area to look for problems is around the drain in the tub or shower. It is a common problem area as the seal often wears out leading to seepage. Water stains appear on walls below and in some cases dampness appears in adjacent rooms as well. The only way to detect this problem is to fill water and plug the drain. Look for leaks below if you can access the area. If not, a change in water level shows that water is leaking through the drain and needs immediate repairs. Open up the drain flange; replace the gasket with a new one. This should fix the problem.
Sinks in bathrooms like any other in the house can develop leaks too. Check sealant around the sink rim, supply pipes and drains for leaks. Repair worn out parts at the earliest to avoid water damage.
Toilet flange leaks can also cause extensive damage to flooring and walls. Such leaks occur at the waste pipe joint and every time the toilet is used, water seeps. Visible signs of water around the base of the toilet, damaged flooring around the base and movement of the toilet itself shows there is trouble. Open up the toilet, tighten the flange and fix the toilet properly with nuts and bolts to prevent movement.
Flush tank can develop leaks with wear and tear. Check the faucet for leaks using food-coloring test. Add some food color to the water tank and shut off the valve. If colored water still appears in the toilet, it shows the valve is leaking and needs repairs.
Such simple home maintenance tips go a long way in preventing extensive damage to your structure. In order to take on such repairs, always be watchful for dampness and unwarranted watermarks and most important keep a tool kit with spares ready at all times. Most often people detect such problems when damage has already occurred, but first signs of moisture on walls and floors calls for action.