Preventing Water Damage In The Bathroom

tacoma plumberMost pipes and plumbing joints are installed inside the walls, making it hard to detect signs for water damage. You must be very attentive to flooring and walls moisture and stains as they may provide clues for invisible plumbing problems.

Be sure to check moisture levels in adjoining rooms as well. If you suspect that moisture damage is in progress hire professional help to further inspect and repair the problem.

Do not ignore leaks around the toilet and the bathtub. Unless fixed immediately, these problems will lead to serious damage and expensive repairs afterwards.

Exhaust Fans

Especially in the bathroom, the exhaust fan is very important to maintain lower levels of humidity. Use it during and following warm showers or baths to prevent excess moisture build-up.

The exhaust fan ventilates the bathroom by circulating air, preventing damp air overloads. A serious red flag for a fan malfunction is accumulation of moist and mold on the fan or in the duct. This can be easily prevented by a periodic inspection and routine clean up.

Make sure that the exhaust fan is working properly. It is recommended to wire the exhaust fan so that it will operate automatically when the bathroom is in use.

Whenever inspecting the exhaust fan, check the exterior vent damper and make sure it is clean and properly working.


The toilet is one of the most vulnerable water junctions in your Tacoma home. Toilet related leaks will often involve both clean and sewage water adding health hazards to the potential structural damage.

Check the toilet water lines frequently and search for leaks around the toilet seat, in the water hose, and under the water tank. Fix all noticeable leaks immediately.

If you detect any signs of moisture on the floor around the toilet, check for leaks in the toilet rim and tank seals and replace if damaged.

If the floor feels soft, damage may be already occurring. Hire a professional for further inspection and repair.

Be aware that hanging toilet bowl deodorants increases the chances for clogs especially in "low-flow" toilets.

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