How to detect shower leaks

Although shower leaks can cause extensive damage in your bathroom, they can be difficult to detect. Learning the signs which could indicate a leaky shower can help you identify the problem and get it fixed before it causes too much damage. Although you can arrange for professional water leak detection from a professional technician, there are a few signs which could indicate that you might have a water leakage problem in your shower or bathroom.


Even if you can’t see mould you can usually smell it. A mildew smell in your bathroom can be an indicator of a water problem. Other signs include mould growing on tiles or on carpet and ceilings or even in cupboards.

Damage or discolouration of tiles and grout

Broken tiles or damaged grout can lead to leaks around your shower. Water damage can cause staining on grout and tiles. If you notice any damage or discolouration to your tiles and grout, it’s a good idea to get it checked out by a professional.

Water stains on ceilings

As well as staining tiles and grout, leaking showers can cause water stains on the ceiling. This often appears as a damp or discoloured patch on the ceiling below the bathroom or shower.

Dampness or buckling on floors

If you have carpet on your floors it may feel damp to the touch or smell musty. Timber floors can swell and buckle when there is water damage.

Swollen timber

Wood swells when it gets damp and it can affect the timber around your doors as well as skirting boards, architraves and wooden bathroom cupboards and vanities.

Bubbling paint

If the pain on your bathroom walls or ceilings is peeling or bubbling this can be a clear indicator of water leaks and damage.
It is important not to delay getting a leaky shower fixed as this could lead to further damage and more problems in the long term. If you believe you have a problem with your shower leaking, make sure you contact a professional for an evaluation of the problem as soon as possible.

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