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4 Signs of Bathroom Water Damage

The bathroom is one of the locations in our homes where water damage is common due to the nature of their use. A bathroom’s integrity and safety may be compromised if water seeps into the crevices and erodes the materials. Moreover, these damages can lead to water damage outside of the bathroom as a result of leaks. Water damage to bathrooms is not unique to HDBs, condos or landed properties, homeowners need to check the state of their toilet every 3-6 months to ensure further damage does not occur.

1. Loose or cracked floor tiles

Cracked Bathroom Tiles

Cracked Bathroom Tiles

Depending on how well the adhesive is applied, floor tiles can loosen or crack as water seeps into the crevices. This can occur when the wrong adhesive is used or when it is applied incorrectly. The problems become worse over time if water penetrates the opening and weakens the adhesive. A cracked tile needs to be repaired as soon as possible as it can chip and cause injury to those using the bathroom. Check all the tiles on your bathroom floor for signs of cracks or looseness and take action before further damage occurs.

2. Water Pooling

Water pooling (ingress) between the wall and floor tiles. Pooling of water between the wall and floor tiles can damage the integrity of the bathroom and the tiles. This usually occurs due to a lack of proper grouting or a leak from another source. Check that there are no pockets of water pooling in between your toilet wall and floor tiles, especially in the corners.

3. Paint Erosion

Steam damage and moisture can damage ceilings causing the paint to chip or flake from the ceiling. This exposes the ceiling to water, moisture and steam which may cause even more damage that would be costly to repair. Paint erosion is easy to identify and remedy if identified early, take a quick look at your ceiling to spot any signs of paint flaking.

4. Mould or Fungal Growth

Bathroom Ceiling Mould

Mould on Bathroom Ceiling

The warm conditions of the bathroom are perfect for mould and mildew to grow & fester. The presence of mould can indicate leaks from pipes, toilet bowls or water heaters. This mould and fungal growth can affect the air quality and cause harm to the users of the bathroom. Check to see if there are any black or dark green spots in the bathroom and take note of any damp odours when stepping into the toilet.