The Truth About Bathroom Caulking
When bathroom caulking or other plumbing fixtures start to leak, it is often a sign that the seal has become defective and needs replacement. It’s not a difficult project to do yourself, and there are plenty of guides online that show how.
However, you might run into trouble if the seal has been compromised for a long time. The first sign of this is that you might notice water stains on your ceiling or floor joists, indicating there’s standing water in your attic space.
A full-blown leak will show up as wet spots on outside walls and windowsills. It can also be evidenced by sagging ceilings where the insulation has become saturated with water, rotting wood (and even worse mold), or crumbling brickwork.
Bathrooms are usually small spaces so it can be difficult to find the source of water leaks or drywall damage if they don’t occur regularly. This is especially true when you have an old house with original plumbing fixtures that start leaking for no apparent reason. Often, this type of leak will show up as wet spots on outside walls and windowsills; however if not addressed in time, there may also be evidence inside your home such as sagging ceilings where insulation has become saturated with water. The first sign of this is that you might notice stains on your ceiling or floor, or see water stains on the outside of your house.
If left untreated for too long, mold will grow and continue to damage framing and insulation around it. Not only can this result in a poor quality living space with no resale value; but also there’s potential exposure to health hazards such as asthma triggers (especially if you have allergies).
More serious symptoms include: chronic coughs or sore throats from inhaling spores; skin rashes from contact with fungi toxins; eye irritation, difficulty breathing, coughing up blood due to lung problems stemming from allergic reactions.
This is why it’s very important to treat your bathroom ASAP.