Due to the nature of their use, bathrooms are one of the locations in our homes which are prone to water damage. Over time, water may seep into crevices and erode the materials causing a loss in the integrity and safety of the bathroom. Worse still, these damages may cause water damage outside of the bathroom due to leakage. Water damage to bathrooms is not unique to HDBs, condos or landed properties, homeowners need to check the state of their toilet every 3-6 months to ensure further damage does not occur.
1. Loose or cracked floor tiles
Floor tiles can become loose or cracked as water seeps into the crevices due to inadequate adhesive application. This can occur due to applying the wrong adhesive or applying it in a subpar manner. These problems become worse over time if water penetrates the opening and further weakens the adhesive. It is crucial to repair cracked tiles quickly as they can chip and hurt users of the bathroom. Check all the tiles on your bathroom floor for signs of cracks or looseness and take action before further damage occurs.
2. Water Pooling
Water pooling (ingress) in between the wall and floor tiles water can pool in between the wall and floor tiles and cause major issues to the integrity of the tiles and bathroom. Usually, the cause of the issue has to do with the lack of proper grouting or a leak from another source. Check that there are no pockets of water pooling in between your toilet wall and floor tiles, especially in the corners.
3. Paint Erosion
Steam damage and moisture can damage ceilings causing the paint to chip or flake from the ceiling. This exposes the ceiling to water, moisture and steam which may cause even more damage that would be costly to repair. Paint erosion is easy to identify and remedy if identified early, take a quick look at your ceiling to spot any signs of paint flaking.
4. Mould or Fungal Growth
The warm conditions of the bathroom are perfect for mould and mildew to grow & fester. The presence of mould can indicate leaks from pipes, toilet bowls or water heaters. This mould and fungal growth can affect the air quality and cause harm to the users of the bathroom. Check to see if there are any black or dark green spots in the bathroom and take note of any damp odours when stepping into the toilet.