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Why its important to fix a leaking shower fast

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.

Behind the Walls and Floor of a Shower Leak

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 Damage Caused by Silent Leaks

What kind of damage can a water leak cause?

  • Loose tile – If water penetrates behind the tile in your shower, it will undermine grout and adhesive which keeps those tiles it place. In time, you may find the tile loosening. Wall tiles may come completely loose and fall down into the shower floor. Floor tiles can start to move around underfoot.
  • Mould – As water moves beyond the shower, it may start to penetrate wood or surrounding plasterboard. This can lead to the growth of mould on the surface and in the crevices of these materials. Mould can cause unpleasant odours and can be a health hazard. It can be a real problem for older adults, young children, people with asthma and those with compromised immune systems.
  • Paint damage – When the surface under a layer of paint becomes saturated with water, you will start to see bubbles forming in the painted surface. It will start to pull away and peel. You will need to repaint the surface after you stop the leak and dry the underlying surface. It is important to treat the surface for mould growth before repainting.
  • Damaged plasterboard – Plasterboard is filled with dry materials that absorb moisture quickly. If plasterboard becomes saturated with water, it will start warping and will need to be replaced.
  • Damaged timbers – When water leaks from the bottom of the shower, it can start to saturate the timbers supporting the base of the enclosure. Over time, moisture can lead to the timbers deteriorating from wood rot. If the leak is not fixed, the timbers can deteriorate to the point of failure.
  • Stained ceilings and walls – If the shower is on an upper floor, the water will drip into the floors below. This can cause staining on the ceiling and walls of the rooms below the leak. If fixed quickly, the plasterboard can dry out and be repainted.
  • Metal failure – A persistent water leak on metal can lead to development of rust, which eats away at the material around it. Over time, if the leak is not fixed, the metal will deteriorate due to the rust. In the case of nails, screws, and other metal structural fasteners, it can lead to a failure and put the structure at risk.

Early Signs of a Shower Leak

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:

  • Unexplained moisture on the floor – If you find standing water on the floor next to the shower, or on the floor of the room below, and there is no explanation, you may have a shower leak.
  • Musty smell – Mould gives off a distinctive odour. It leaves a lingering musty smell. The smell will appear before the damage becomes visibly apparent.
  • Cracks in the grout – If you find cracks in the grout of your tiled shower, you have water penetrating behind your tiles. You need to have it fixed as soon as possible.

Getting the Leak Fixed

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.

Our Reviews!
09:09 19 Jan 21
The quoting team and Renee were great but a few small issues with the repairs. Had our shower waterproofed and re-tiled and walls re-grouted.Some bits of grout were missed or just cleaned, this became apparent after about 2 months when it discolored. Not too worried as i know its easy to miss bits when you're looking at a wall of white.One of the hob tiles had a very small chip which had been hidden with a blob of grout, again didn't find this until after a few cleans when it came off.The floor tiles weren't cut to line up with the wall tile grout lines, again not a major deal but it would have been nice as this is how it was originally and wouldn't have been hard.I had supplied 2 boxes of tiles which were torn open and then not used leaving me with 2 stacks of tiles and no box to store them in.Again office staff were great but tradesman could have paid a bit more attention to detail (yes i know i am picky but I'm also a tradie and expect others to work to my standard) and mainly wasn't impressed with the hidden chip.
Craig Wilson
Craig Wilson
23:20 20 Dec 20
We used SealRITE for two leaking shower repairs in southern Sydney. We had previously booked a cowboy who was completely useless to deal with and it was impossible to trust him because he wouldn't communicate on even the most minor of issues. We were landlords and did not have access to the property to monitor what was happening which was very disconcerting. We switched to SealRITE as soon as we could and they were so professional from the first moment until the job was done. It was just wonderful. If you are a landlord and need some waterproofing and shower fix done i would recommend SealRITE for piece of mind and a smooth job.
Brad Owen
Brad Owen
00:49 15 Dec 20
SealRite has been a pleasure to work with. The team was professional at all times and worked to my needs and provided a 5 star finish.
Marie F
Marie F
06:10 10 Dec 20
We live by the Cronulla oceanfront where salt ans winds and sun cause major deterioration to our balconies. Sealrite were so professional and thorough! All of the workmen involved were courteous, efficient and communicated each step of the way. Renae coordinated all the works with myself and my neighbours and kept us informed allthe way. Highly recommended!
Taryn C
Taryn C
00:27 09 Sep 20
SealRite repaired our shower after the waterproofing had failed. The tradesman was fantastic. On time, professional, courtesy of us and making sure we were happy, barely took a break all day for 3 days. We were so impressed. Our experience was great and we would highly recommend.
Van Trinh
Van Trinh
09:14 08 Sep 20
I evaluated a number of regrouting services prior to going ahead with SealRITE. They were professional, explained the process in detail, catered to my urgency needs and assured me i wouldn't be disappointed. The job was fantastic and it exceeded my expectations. Will definitely use them again
Greg Eves
Greg Eves
12:23 11 Aug 20
An amazing experience with this company. On time, helpful, neat & tidy.I rang the CD to compliment him for my experience and he asked if I would complete a review on line, I answered it would be my pleasure !
Amanda Blue
Amanda Blue
03:07 17 Mar 20
They recently repaired my shower. They were really lovely on to deal with. Explained everything that was going to happen and kept me informed every step. The guy that came to my house was on time and left everything very clean and tidy. The shower look fantastic and is no longer leaking into my kitchen below. Highly recommend. Always happy to refer good local companies.
Lauren Thomas
Lauren Thomas
09:45 16 Jun 19
Our shower looks brand new and I am very happy with the job. It was a pleasure to deal with this company. From the very pleasant and helpful Lesley and Amanda who I spoke to on the phone, to Ryan who quoted the job and Dominic who carried out the work, explaining what he was doing at each stage of the job. He even wiped his shoes with a chux each time he had to step outside the bathroom so he didn't walk any dust or debri through the home. I highly recommend this company.
Leonor Martins
Leonor Martins
09:15 16 Jun 19
SealRITE Solutions repaired our shower and did an amazing job. Stopped the leak and shower looks like new again.