Water leaks are a common problem that homeowners should address immediately. If left unchecked, water leaks can result in more damage to your property and are a breeding ground for toxic mould. This is why it’s important that you act quickly at the first sign of a problem. Here are some tips on how to detect water leaks.

Your Bathroom Smells Musty

Does your home or bathroom smell like an old basement? If it does, it’s very likely that there’s a water leak somewhere. A musty smell is one of the most common indications of a water leak. Because of water constantly pouring into a single area, there is no way for it to dry, thus, causing it to emit a musty, unpleasant smell.


It’s not uncommon for your bathroom, particularly the shower area, to have mould because it is constantly wet. However, if there are mould and mildew in areas that are usually dry, like the non-shower walls and the ceiling, it might be sign of a hidden water leak feeding them.

Stained Bathroom Tiles And Deformed Drywall

Accumulated water due to an on-going leak can negatively affect the structural integrity of your bathroom’s surfaces. For instance, a leak under the bathroom floor can cause dark stains to appear on the floor or even make the floor feel spongy. Water leaks can also cause the drywall to bubble or deteriorate.

Stains On The Ceiling

If you notice brown stains on the ceiling in rooms directly below the bathroom, it is very likely that your home is suffering from a water leak. This problem can be a hassle to solve because you may need to replace parts of the ceiling.

High Water Bills

A water bill that is more expensive than usual is another sign of a hidden leak. As such, if you suspect that you have water leaks in your bathroom, check your current water bill and compare it with your previous ones. If you notice that your water consumption has gone up unexpectedly, consider some bathroom renovations to address the leak. This should help return your water bills to normal.

Suspect a hidden leak in your bathroom? Contact Aquaseal Constructions on the Mornington Peninsula. We can help with waterproofing, tiling and bathroom renovations.