Avoid leaking bathrooms and balconies with Jacques Courtin

by Benay Ozdemir
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Wild weather has swept many parts of Australia due to frequent storms and rain, causing structural damage to many homes. With summer in full bloom, the aftereffects of wet weather are starting to show in the form of leaks and cracks. 

Megasealed founder and managing director Jacques Courtin provides expert advice on how to find signs of a leak in a balcony or bathroom.

It is imperative for homeowners to address any leakages as they have the potential to cause a health hazard for the family. 

An unattended water leak can create serious risks – mould growth, rotting and cosmetic structural damages can happen as a result.

Courtin stresses the importance of early detection as the key to preventing costly repairs and keeping the property safe. He lists four ways to spot the signs of a leak.

  • Persistent mould and dampness

Courtin says mould thrives in environments where moisture exists and points out that it is difficult to get rid of. He indicates that if the mould is difficult to remove whilst cleaning, it is an indicator of a leak brewing beneath the surface. Mould is a hazardous risk if left untreated due to the damage caused to skirting boards which can weaken the foundation of a bathroom and cause grout erosion.

  • Grout or lack of

Grout that looks damaged or deteriorated showcases that moisture has been seeping through the cracks, this can spread to surrounding walls and floors. This poses the risk of causing structural damage and being costly to repair.

  • Tiles lifting or cracking

If the property has tiles lifting or cracking, this can indicate poor installation with moisture leaking through. The lifting can lead to further strain and cracking, Courtin highlights calling a professional if the homeowner recognises the first sign of the tiles lifting or cracking.

  • Stains on walls or ceiling

If the property’s ceiling or walls have interesting stains, this can also be an indication of an internal leak. This is typically caused by a leak in the roof or a plumbing leak.

Courtin says, “Always engage a professional first, they have the knowledge and tools to detect leaks and provide a solution for you.” 

“We see time and time again, people think attempting to fix something at home without consulting a professional is the best first port of call. If you don’t have the knowledge or the experience, you could be playing the fire.” 

Professionals have trade knowledge of the best quality products and materials, if you’re picking up materials you think might work,  this is where things can take an ugly turn,” he says.

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