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Plumbing Emergency: What To Do During a Flood

Welcome! My name is Sally. This is my blog about plumbing. I decided to start writing about plumbing after a very scary experience. I arrived home from work one day only to discover that a pipe burst in my home. When I opened the front door, I saw a torrent of water pouring down the stairs. I panicked and ran next door to my neighbour. Luckily, he used to work as a construction contractor, so he has a lot of experience in dealing with household problems. He helped me to turn off the mains water and helped me to mop up the mess. After this event, I decided I wanted to learn more about the plumbing in my house, so I went to a night school class.


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Plumbing Emergency: What To Do During a Flood

How to tell if your bathtub is leaking

by Melvin Owens

As you enjoy a refreshing time inside your bathtub, you may not realise that it's leaking water. There are those obvious bathtub cracks that you may see in the movies--but the reality is that most leaks occur at a slow, yet steady pace.

This is why you should pick up on any issues with your bathtub before they get worse. In fact, a slow leaking tub can significantly damage your bathroom over time. Here's how you can detect bathtub issues and fix them in a timely fashion.

Pools of water on the floor

It's not uncommon for your bathroom floor to become wet on certain occasions. This may occur because of someone taking a long shower or splashing waster from the bathtub area. However, if you notice frequent pools of water underneath the bathtub area, this may indicate a leak. These pools will be small and occupy a specific part of the floor.

Start of by physically inspecting the bathtub to see if you can notice any leaks. You should also have the tub inspected by a plumber. While cast iron and porcelain tubs are durable, other materials such as fiberglass may not be as resilient to leaking.  

Slow draining pipes

You may also notice that your bathroom pipes are draining slower than usual. The slow drainage may be coming from your bathtub or from other drainage points around the room.

If you notice such slow drainage, it may be coming from a leaking gap that's covered by debris. Such blockage is what may result in a slow drainage.

Mould in the bathroom

The idea of having mould in your bathroom certainly sounds scary. However, you may be sitting on top of a layer of mould anytime you enjoy a bath in your tub. Mould growth occurs when leaking water accumulates near the base of your unit. This water may come in contact with other materials and create the perfect breeding ground for mould or mildew.

If you notice that the air inside your bathroom is always musty (or it sparks allergic reactions), you may be inhaling mould spores. Make sure you have the bathtub inspected for leaks and moulding by a plumber.

High water bills

As you would expect, leaking water will result in a spike in your utility bills. The same is to be expected if your bathtub is leaking, because you'll end up losing lots of water during the process (especially when filling up the tub before a bath).

Pay close attention to your water consumption. And if you notice any sudden changes, have the bathtub inspected by a plumber.