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What to Look for When You Need Leaking Shower Repairs

Leaking Shower Repair? They are unavoidable if you need them, ignoring them will cause you long term building defects which will cost you a lot of time and money and offer you a lot of stress in return – so don’t ignore your your need for leaking shower repairs! The bathroom is one of the most used parts of the house but unfortunately, it is the most ignored area. The truth is that the bathroom requires more care and maintenance than any other room. A leaking shower is one the most annoying things in a home and every homeowner would like to avoid this at all costs. If you dont catch your leaking shower in time you may be up for Bathroom Renovations!

Accurate Assessment

There are many ways of sealing a leaking shower. To ensure an effective and durable repair work, you should select the correct repair method. This is why it is essential to have a certified professional conduct the shower assessment. The inspection report will give details of why the leak occurred, solutions as well as the reasons why such solutions are essential.

Reasons Why Leaking Shower Repairs Are Necessary

Before a homeowner embarks on leaking shower repairs, he or she first needs to know the reasons for doing this. Due to various practical reasons, stagnated water may remain trapped below the tiled floor in the shower recess, leakage to areas within the property causing damage to include damage being caused to the external area of an apartment / unit block. These problems arise if the shower recess was not constructed properly and has not been maintained. Your bathroom will never dry in such a case because shower water will be leaking to the underneath areas creating dampness and damage. Thus, you will have to do some shower leaking repairs carried out.

If the bathroom is always wet due to a leaking shower, it allows moisture to be trapped in the bathroom. Moisture trapped in areas with insufficient sunlight creates a conducive environment for moulds to grow. Unless you want your bathroom to be full of such unpleasant plants, then you have to consider carrying out repairs to your leaking shower.

Tracking Down the Cause of a Shower Leak

The moment you notice that water is leaking from your shower, you should try finding the cause of the leakage. Mostly, shower leaks are caused by failing grouts and sealants in the shower.

You can follow the following step to help you trace down the source of the leak.

  1. Could it be the shower floor? – Inspecting the Shower Floor

The shower floor is the first place that a homeowner should suspect as the source of a shower leak. To eliminate this area, one needs to clean it and let it dry completely. Use a duct tape to cover the drain.

Using a different source of water from another tap source and bucket, fill the shower floor with water up to the level of the threshold. Let the water sit there for some time. The purpose of this process is to eliminate the floor and keep searching for the source of the leak. If you notice some water or watermarks in the area below the shower recess or water penetrating through a wall or carpets getting wet, automatically you know that there is some leakage and the shower base is the problem. However, after thirty minutes if you do not see any leak, rule out the floor and move on to the next area.

  1. Would It Be the Drain?

The next area that you should suspect is the drain. Carefully peel the tape from the drain and let the water flow out as you check for leaks. If you notice some water leakage at this point, you can safely conclude that the drain is the source of the leakage in your shower. Repairing the drain is easy especially if the pipe is PVC and you have access to the underneath area. A plumber will need to be called, so he can assess the required repairs. Sometimes it may be the case where the shower recess floor will need to be retiled to gain access to the pipe area and again this is where a licenced plumber will need to carry out the repairs. If you prefer DIY leaking shower repairs, take a picture of the area to help the salesperson to get you the right repair parts.

  1. Would the Leak Be in the Grout in the Tiled Shower Walls?

After inspecting the drain, if it does not leak, check the tiles on the shower walls. You need to focus on one wall at a time. Splash some water on the wall as you check for the leaks. Inspect the grout visually. Exhaust one wall before you move to the next wall. Once you identify the leaking area, double check by repeating the test so that you are sure. If there is some grout missing you can regrout the area.

Besides the above possible leakage areas, there are other leaking sources which are visible. The tap spindles and the shower rose areas through which water can leak. If you notice water dripping from behind the showerhead, then automatically you should suspect this area.

Closing the taps tight is not the the solution. Such areas need a professional to repair; otherwise, they can cost you a lot in terms of water bills.

Leaking Shower Sealing Service

A leaking shower can occur from different areas such as the level below, walls, bathroom entrance, or even other surrounding areas. A leak means that excessive water is penetrating through the tiles to the weakest point.

The repair procedure may vary depending on the tile condition. Generally, following the Australian standards if tiling is required. If the leak has to do with some solid and movement free structure, then the below following repair procedure may be an alternate solution:

  • The grout and silicon on the floor, waste, and perimeter junctions is removed.
  • A high-quality non-porous grout is applied.
  • The grout on the wall is either cleaned or replaced depending on its current condition.
  • A flexible seal is then applied on the walls and wall junctions.
  • Any gaps around tap spindles are sealed.
  • Replacement of the silicon that is inside the shower screen.

Re-Tiling, Re-Waterproofing and Sealing Service

If the tiles have any cracks or become loose, the sealant will definitely fail. Tiles usually loosen up or crack because probably the wrong glue or not enough glue was used, or maybe the screed under the floor tiles is too soft or rotten sheeting behind the tiles.

If the above issues occur the professional who will perform your leaking shower repairs take the following steps:

  • The hob tiles and those on the floor and base of the wall are removed.
  • The screed is removed if need be.
  • There is a keen assessment of the walls and subfloors
  • A new waterproof membrane is applied following the Australian standards, and this includes the use of bond breakers.
  • If a new cement screed is necessary, it is applied.
  • New tiles are fitted
  • Non-porous grout is used on the floor, waste and perimeter junctions
  • A metal floor waste is put and sealed.
  • The walls are then grouted and tap spindles sealed.

The Necessity for a Flood Test

Once you do the leaking shower repairs, it is important that you perform a flood test to analyse the durability of the waterproof features of the shower. This way you will identify any signs of possible leakage and work on them.

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.