Water is a part of our life. We drink it, we cook with it, we bathe with it. We expect it to come out of the tap when we need it. We expect it to collect and flow down the drain when we are done. Water seems innocuous since it flows away silently. Unfortunately, water is not as innocuous as it seems. In fact, water can cause a lot of damage if it is not properly managed. A silent leak can cause structural damage to your home.
What happens if you don’t catch a leak? Let’s look at what can happen if you don’t fix a shower leak quickly.
Take a look at the tile surrounding your shower. If you look between the tiles, you will see grout and other sealant materials that help keep the water inside the enclosure and moving towards the drain. What happens if the grout begins to crack?
When the tiles were first installed, the tile setter pushed grout into the cracks between the tiles. This grout settled down and hardened, providing a protective barrier against water penetration. Grout can last for several years, without problems. However, in time, microscopic cracks can begin to form in the grout. This can happen as the house begins to settle or as other activities cause the structure to shift.
These fine cracks can let water start to work down into the surfaces below the shower. Ideally, there is a waterproof barrier below the tile and grout. This barrier helps direct the water to the drain. However, this barrier may not be enough. If the sealant around the drain fails, the water can start dripping down the outside of the pipe and into the structural timbers. That is when the real problems begin.
The problem with a silent shower leak is that damage can occur inside the walls and under the shower, where no one can see. By the time, the damage becomes visible, it is already widespread. Finding the leak quickly is paramount. Here are a few signs that you may have a shower leak:
Whenever you suspect you have a leaking shower, you need to get it fixed as soon as possible. There are a number of ways to fix a shower leak, some of which are better than others.
You can have the grout removed and replaced. You can also have all the tile replaced at the same time. However, this method is extremely expensive. You can seal the leaks with a sealant like silicone. The problem with this method is that the silicone will begin to peel in time, allowing the water to start doing damage again.
Using a special epoxy to seal the entire shower is a solution that solves these problems. It costs less than replacing the tile and it offers a strong seal that will remain in place for years to come. It is not always the best solution, but it can be used in many specific instances.
If you need your shower leak fixed, call on the experts at SealRITE Solutions.