You take a shower and decide to take your dirty clothes downstairs and
toss them in the washer. However, when you get down to your basement,
you notice water leaking from the ceiling. You have not seen it before
and wonder where it is coming from. In most cases, the shower you took
and the leak may be connected. Often times, there are many reasons why
a shower leak can end up in the basement. Some instances include having
the shower directly over the basement or water leaking through the walls.
You might wonder why.
One of the main reasons a shower leak might lead water into the basement
is because of a failing shower pan. Shower pans constitute the ground
of the shower and can be made of tile or fiberglass. The latter can be
ineffective because the adhesive might come undone or flex if not properly
installed. In order to check if the shower pan is the main culprit of
the leak, block the drain with a stopper or some object. Then, fill the
shower with water. Go down to your basement and check if you see water
stains appear on the ceiling. If you do, that can be the cause. However,
sometimes one may need to cut the celling to know for sure. Before making
any cuts, make sure to consult an experienced plumber in this matter.
Faulty Tile Backing or Substrate
Another cause for shower leaks that lead to the basement might be the tile
backing or substrate. This is the adhesive and material placed behind
the tiles to support it. Do you know what adhesive was used when putting
in the shower tile? If it is pre-mixed, this might cause problems. Also,
if drywall was used as a backing, it can become “mushy” due
to water damage. If these are the problems, you may need to reinstall
the tile backing and substrate.
Broken Pipes and Valves
Finally, like most leak cases, the reason can be a broken valve or pipe.
Check the pipes and water valve behind the walls to see if there is a
leak. If there is, that can be what seeps through the walls and trickles
down to your basement.
Shower leaks can be tricky problems. If you do not know the proper way
to diagnose and address the issue, extensive damage might occur. Furthermore,
it is a problem that should be immediately solved. If you do not fix the
issue, you have to make more repairs that you could have initially avoided.
If you believe water from your shower is leaking into your basement, contact
Summer Plumbing Heating + Cooling. Our experienced Indiana and Ohio plumbers
have worked with many similar cases. Learn how we can help your home and
offer you a peace of mind.