Have you noticed water leaking through the ceiling after a shower? Is there a damp patch directly under where your shower is located? If so, you likely have a water leak in your upstairs bathroom. This type of leak is more common than you may think. If left unaddressed, the leak can cause a lot of damage, including mold growth and damage to your drywall. Furthermore, there’s a possibility of electrical problems if the water gets into light fixtures or other electrical components.
In this blog post, Mr. Rooter Plumbing looks into the common causes of water leaking through the ceiling after a shower and what you can do to contain the damage. Mr. Rooter Plumbing is a reputable plumbing company specializing in leak detection, water leak repair, pipe repair, and more. If you have any type of plumbing leak in your home or business, it’s advisable to reach out to skilled plumbers as quickly as possible to minimize further damage and have the problem fixed once and for all.
Here is why water may be leaking through my ceiling after someone showers:
The number one cause of water damage under the shower is a leak in the pipes feeding the shower. In this case, you’ll need the help of a professional plumber who’ll gain access to the leaking pipes and fix them.
Cracked or missing tiles can allow water to penetrate into the wall or floor, eventually reaching the ceiling below.
A faulty shower faucet can also be to blame for water leaking into your ceiling below. Not only can a dripping shower faucet send thousands of gallons of water down the drain, but it can also lead to water leaks through the ceiling. The common culprits for a damaged shower faucet are a damaged O-ring, washer, or gasket. An experienced plumber can fix a malfunctioning shower faucet to avoid costly water damage.
If the shower drain is clogged, excess water can back up and find its way into the surrounding structures, including your ceiling. You can unclog a shower drain using boiling water, a plunger, a drain snake, or a combination of white vinegar and baking soda. If that doesn’t work, you may need to contact a nearby plumbing service for professional drain cleaning.
The rubber gasket under the shower drain can, over time, deteriorate and leak. A deteriorating or poorly sealed gasket around the shower drain can permit water to seep through and cause ceiling leaks.
Start by shutting off the water supply to the shower to prevent further leakage. Ensure the affected area is safe to access, so watch out for electrical hazards, and if necessary, turn off the power supply to the affected room. Depending on the extent of the leak, do what you can to protect the items under the water leak. You can place containers or towels under the leak to collect water and minimize damage to your ceiling and floor. If the issue is related to plumbing, contact a licensed plumber to assess and repair the problem.
If you’re having problems with your shower, don’t hesitate to contact Mr. Rooter Plumbing for a professional inspection and water leak repair. Our plumbers have years of experience dealing with all types of plumbing leaks.