Leaking Shower Repair: Causes, Methods, and Prevention
A leaking shower can be an annoying and potentially damaging issue in any home. It not only wastes water but can also lead to mould growth, structural damage, and increased utility bills. Addressing a leaking shower promptly is essential to prevent further damage and inconvenience. In this article, we’ll cover the causes, methods of repair, and prevention tips for leaking showers.
Causes of Leaking Showers:
A leaking shower is due to the membrane failing.
The waterproofing membrane supported under the floor and wall tiles may have cracked. This membrane might have been damaged by common ground movement or by a poorly designed or installed shower. This damaged membrane leads to internal leaking behind the sheeting which can damage structural parts of the house. The leaking water can often lead to mould infestations which will spread and cause further damage.
It is basically impossible to estimate the extent of water damage hidden under the floor or within walls. The smell of mould and swelling of timber skirting on walls are two symptoms of interior water damage.
Methods of Repair:
If there is a shower or bathroom leak, we will remove parts of the wall and floors to show the full extent of the leaking and the damage it has caused. And then, instead of temporary fix, we fully waterproof and rebuild that section of the house.
It is imperative to visually check and find the source of the leak and remember that there may actually be leaks in more than one place. Then we must find all the damage that the water leak has caused to the property. This requires sections of the floor and wall to be removed.
Licensed tradies will check the property before we remove any of the wall. A plumber checks internal joints and sealing problems. An electrician checks wiring for potential issues. After the pressure test and electrical wiring checking are done, it is safe to start demolition.
Our staff will find the cause of the leaking problems, and make sure the property owner understands the situation. Once the leak is repaired and the area is waterproofed, we perform a water test for 24hrs to ensure that everything is solid and reliable.
The area is then professional retiled and repainted in the style chosen by the client.
Regular Inspection: Conduct routine checks for signs of leaks, such as damp walls, peeling paint, or water stains. Address any issues promptly to prevent them from worsening.
Maintain Caulking and Grout: Regularly inspect and maintain the caulking and grout in your shower. Repair any cracks or gaps immediately to prevent water from seeping into the walls.
Use Quality Materials: Invest in good-quality shower fixtures, seals, gaskets, and caulking materials during installation or repairs. Quality materials are more durable and resistant to wear and tear, and last far longer.
Avoid Harsh Cleaners: Harsh chemical cleaners can degrade seals and caulking. Use mild, non-abrasive cleaners to protect these components.
Use a Shower Liner: Consider using a shower curtain liner to prevent water from splashing onto the walls and floor. This can help reduce the chances of water damage.
A leaking shower is a common household issue that should not be ignored. Addressing leaks promptly can prevent water damage, mould growth, and structural issues. Identifying the source of the leak, using appropriate repair methods, and practicing regular maintenance are key to effectively managing leaking showers. In most cases it is best to seek professional assistance to ensure a thorough and lasting repair.
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