Repairing Water Damage In Your Bathroom
Water damage in your bathroom is never a discovery you’re going to be excited about. Sometimes your bathroom might have been suffering from water damage for a long time because the problem was ignored or possibly just unnoticed. When looking for telltale signs of bathroom water damage in your home, it’s important that you know what signs to look for. Whether you’re fearful that your bathroom is showing some signs of mold, or you’re ready for a bathroom renovation to upgrade the dated, musty smelling space, you’ll need to know what to look for.
For example a leaking shower or small leak under the sink, might be the warning signs you should look for, other times maybe you’re finding water streaks down your walls and making permanent marks in your paint? Water damage in a bathroom can present itself in many ways.
Signs of Bathroom Water Damage Every Homeowner Should Look For
If there are “soft” spots on the floors or walls, or if you enter your bathroom and it has a musty smell then signs might be pointing to the fact that bathroom water damage exists in the space. But, to what extent? what is causing it? and how quickly do you have to act to prevent further damage? Consider a few of these signs, every homeowner should look for, if you are thinking there’s a possibility of water damage lurking in your home.
1. Musty Smell
If you smell a musty odor in your bathroom that has seemingly come from nowwhere (it didn’t smell before) or is getting progressively worse, this might be the sign that there’s a leaking shower or faucet somewhere that needs tending to. A damp smell, even after you’ve cleaned, and dehumidified the space, is a sign that something might be off in your home’s bathroom. If you upgrade the bathroom exhaust fan, and this still doesn’t do the trick, you might need to look a little deeper (or let a contractor like Miami Fresh Renovations do it) to help rid the space of the musky odor and prevent major water damage from developing.
2. Mold and Mildew Constantly Show Up
We all know that black mold can be toxic; however, there are some forms of mildew or mold that you can wipe down with cleaners or bleach and they don’t come back. However, when they do come back, and regardless of how much bleach or other household cleaners you’re using, the spots don’t go away, it’s sending a strong signal that there are underlying issues present. Leaking shower plumbing inside the wall, under sink drains leaking, toilet seals leaking, can all contribute to condensation, this condensation can easily cause mold or mildew to make its way back into the space. If you spot mold or mildew more than once, and have to keep cleaning it, this is a sign that there’s something more serious than the eye can see.
Sometimes finding the source of mold or mildew might require opening up walls or flooring which is a job for a professional bathroom remodeling contractor. Trying to find the source on your own is fine if you want to save money but once you start tearing into walls and flooring then you’re going to have to put it all back together again and that’s the hard part.
3. Warped Walls or Space Developing Between Tiles/Caulking
No, it’s not just a shoddy bathroom renovation that the previous homeowner did in the home (in some cases it might be). But, if the walls are extremely warped, and they keep getting worse, or if the tiles seem to be shifting and the gaps between caulking and two surfaces seems to grow with time, there’s another telltale sign you’re possible dealing with bathroom water damage issues somewhere. Piping, sinks, faucets, drains, and other pluming fixtures, might be causing the water damage in the space, that you simply can’t see on the surface. What’s the solution? It starts with calling a contractor in many instances, so they can assess the space, determine if bathroom water damage does exist, and if so, they can provide you with the proper guidance to properly repairing it.
Water damage below tile or behind tiled surfaces can always be a difficult one to trace and it can get expensive quick. What if you tear out a section of your tile shower surround but can no longer find a match for that specific tile? This means you’ll be replacing the entire surround. This is why it’s a good idea to contact a bathroom remodeling professional before you dig too deeply.
4. Floors Feel Spongy or Soft
Most homes in Miami are built on a concrete slab so this isn’t usually a problem for single level homes. If wooden surfaces and plywood are below the surface of your home’s flooring such as the flooring on a 2nd story, this is a great area for moisture to make its way into. Therefore, water damage can cause the floors to soften, and you might feel as if you’re stepping on a sponge each time you take a step onto the bathroom floor. If the plywood sub-floor is compromised, it needs to be repaired immediately. You might have to gut the entire space, or in some instances, if the damage isn’t too bad, you might get away with a peripheral repair. Regardless of how bad it is, when you feel like you’re stepping on soft spots in the bathroom, don’t overlook this as nothing more than a little water having made its way onto the outer surfaces. Oftentimes, it is a much deeper issue, and a sign that you’re dealing with potential bathroom water damage that needs to be repaired immediately.
You Know the Signs… Now What?
Okay, we’ve highlighted some of the prominent signs that bathroom water damage exists. So, what do you do? A quick DIY fix is enough, right? Or, you can completely tear down the walls, upgrade all your plumbing and fixtures, add a more powerful bathroom exhaust fan and that’ll do the trick? In most instances, it isn’t that easy.
First thing’s first, you’re going to want to call a bathroom remodeling or bathroom renovation professional to visit your home. After an inspection of your bathroom they will be able to tell you if a plumber should be called as well. Doing this allows you to have the bathrooms assessed by those who are licensed to do so, and understand what the underlying causes are of the damage that has taken over your bathroom space.
Once you have had the professionals visit your home, they can provide you with the proper instruction for repairs. Yes, in some instances, it is a quick fix or just a peripheral repair that has to be completed. However, in some instances, you’re going to learn that the bathroom water damage has made its way deep into the surfaces, and below it, meaning you’re going to have to do some repair work in order to treat the damage that you see, as well as the damage that you can’t see.
Some Fixes that Can Improve the Space
If the job isn’t a big one, there are some DIY jobs you can do on your own. Again, this is after you’ve had a specialist visit your home, assess the damage, and inform you how bad the bathroom water damage is. Some quick fixes might include:
- Replacing the caulking and re-caulking the floors, siding, space between the mirrors, and areas where appliances are fitted
- Repairing or replacing the drywall
- Installing new tiles, laminate, or other flooring materials
These fixes are solutions for instances where the water damage is just peripheral. If the damage hasn’t penetrated the outer surfaces, you can often get away with doing these smaller repair jobs. And, you won’t have to spend too much money, or wait too much time, to have a bathroom remodeling contractor do major repair work in the space. A fresh coat of paint, some caulking, and scraping off the mold and mildew from the surfaces, is a job that is sufficient where minor bathroom water damage has occurred.
What to Avoid
In instances where you spot the black or toxic mold, or where the walls are warping, you don’t want to try to do the job yourself. In these instances, the bathroom water damage has gotten to a point where you can’t fix it on your own, and you’re only going to make matters worse in the event you try.
In instances of black or toxic mold, you’ll want to ventilate the space. You should bring in a blower fan and place it in front of the wall. You might also want to shut off the water and call a mold remediation specialist to remove it. What you’ll want to avoid at all costs, is just throwing bleach all over the place. This masks the mold but it doesn’t kill it. Specialists have the right chemicals and products to eliminate the mold, and help prevent future breakouts.
Where the walls are warping or flooring is warped or damaged, you’re going to want to contract a bathroom remodeling specialist that does this type of work. In most cases, you’ll have to remove the current drywall, remove the damaged pieces, and you’ll have to install new walling throughout the space. The same goes with the flooring. Depending on how much the plywood has been compromised, and how much your floors feel like you’re walking on a bed of sponges, the level of the repair work is going to be greater, and more complex with each case. Only a bathroom renovation specialist is going to have the experience, the equipment, and the knowledge, to do the work in a timely fashion, and ensure they eliminate all signs of bathroom water damage in your home.
You don’t want to leave it up to chance, or simply hope that a few peripheral fixes are going to resolve the issues you’re seeing, feeling, and smelling, when bathroom water damage has made its way into your home. The longer you wait, the more it is going to become damaged, and the more it is going to end up costing you to repair in the long run.
First thing you’ll want to do when you spot signs of damage, smells of musk, or signs of wall or flooring damage is call a specialist. They’ll assess the damage, provide you with the best repair options, and get the job done in a timely fashion, all while working to prevent future breakouts of water damage in your home.
Miami Fresh Renovations Repairs & Renovates Water Damaged Bathrooms In Miami
Miami Fresh Renovations owner is William Perez-Borroto. In addition to being a certified general contractor he also holds a masters degree in construction management and has executed over $70 million managing construction and renovation work within custom homes, condos, office buildings, and community club houses in Miami-Dade County.
We are clear communicators, with William being your sole point of contact throughout the duration of your project. We are careful and safe while working on your property and make every effort to minimize any hassles and stress while we work on your home. We listen to your needs, we pay attention to the finer details, and we ensure you are completely satisfied with your finished project.
It’s through our unwavering commitment to each and every customer that our business continues to grow through the word-of-mouth referrals and recommendations our happy customers continue to give. We’d love the opportunity to take a look at your potential remodeling project so you can see first hand how easy we are to work with and how knowledgeable we are in the remodeling process. You want to make significant changes to your home and we’re the company that can do them for you. Are you ready to get started?
If you’d like to schedule your bathroom remodeling consultation to repair or renovate a water damaged bathroom please give us a call (786) 382-1507 or fill out our contact form and we’ll get right back to you.