How Broken Drains Cause Water Stains

How Broken Drains Cause Water Stains

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When you look up at your ceiling or down at your flooring, the last thing you want to see is a water stain. When you do, you immediately know you’ve got a problem with a water leak. In many cases, the water stain can be traced back to a broken drain.

In cases such as these, calling a plumber should be one of your top priorities. However, along with fixing the drain, you also need to get rid of the water stains. If you’re wondering how broken drains cause those unsightly water stains, here are some common reasons. 


When a drain breaks and water begins to leak, you may not notice it immediately. As a result, water is able to drip and pool inside ceilings or other areas. When it does, it winds up in places within your home or business that likely have little-to-no ventilation, such as inside your ceiling. Should condensation occur, this will lead to water stains as well as possible structural damage, mold growth, or both. 

Leaking Pipes 

When you are experiencing broken drains, there is a good chance you may also have problems with leaking pipes. If this happens in an upstairs bathroom, water stains won’t take very long to appear.

As soon as any stains are noticed, water damage experts like ServiceMaster should be called in to perform water damage restoration services. It’s important to contact a professional as soon as you notice water damage since your home’s safety could be compromised if you wait too long. Always have a professional’s contact information on hand in the event of an emergency. 

Worn-Out Caulking or Grout 

When a drain breaks or begins to leak, it will eventually take a toll on the caulking and grout around your bathtub, toilet, or shower. As the grout and caulking wear down, this creates cracks and crevices that allow water to seep through and accumulate inside ceilings, where it will condensate and possibly drip down onto carpeting.

While you will need professionals to get rid of the water stains, you can apply a new layer of caulking to problem areas, along with of course fixing the broken drain. 

Destroyed Insulation 

When water leaks from a broken drain and finds its way into a ceiling or even inside walls, one of the most common problems will be insulation that gets destroyed. As the insulation breaks down, more water is able to reach ceiling tiles or walls, resulting in water stains. Since mold will probably also be present, this also speeds up the forming of water stains, since the tiles or walls themselves may be breaking down as well. 

When you notice water stains, don’t procrastinate. By getting the broken drain repaired and having professionals remove the water stains, nobody will ever know you had a problem. 

Brooke Chaplan

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