Why do showers leak?

Your home should function properly. Doors should open and close. Appliances should work. The roof and walls should be stable and the shower should not leak. Unfortunately, things do not always work as they should. The result can be that you are inconvenienced. However, if not taken care of quickly, a minor problem can progress into serious property damage.

 

There can be many reasons why your shower leaks. It is important to identify the root of the problem so that it can be fixed. If the source of the problem is not identified, it can go on to cause damage and weaken your home. Once you identify the problem, fix it. Fixing the problem will prevent it from going on to become a bigger problem. Here are some of the possible reasons why your shower is leaking.

How Can I Tell If My Shower is Leaking?

  • Smell of Rot – Moisture causes materials to weaken and degrade. If you smell mildew or rotting wood, there is a good chance that you have a leak somewhere.
  • Bubbling Paint – Not only does moisture degrade materials, it can cause bubbles and gaps to form beneath paint. One sure sign of water damage is if your paint is showing signs of no longer adhering to the wall.
  • Damaged Walls – A water leak can cause a wall to warp or for water stains to appear where the damage is occurring.
  • Missing Grout – As the moisture causes the grout to degrade or the wall to warp, grout can come loose and fall out of place.
  • Loose Tiles – Another sign of water damage is when tiles become loose, whether due to weakening adhesive or a warped surface where the tiles have been placed.
  • Bathroom Door Jams – Wood, like many materials, expands when it is exposed to moisture. If your bathroom door gets stuck, this may be a sign that it is being exposed to excessive moisture.

What is the Source of My Shower Leak?

There can be any number of reasons that your shower is leaking. If you want to prevent the excess moisture from ruining the structure of your home, you need to find the source. There is a good chance that whatever is giving you problems around the shower, may begin to give you problems in another part of the house. The sooner the leak can be located and dealt with, the better.

  1. Building Movement – The ground moves over time. It is very slow and subtle, but it happens. And, when it happens, it can cause buildings to shift, as well. When buildings shift, joints may come loose, cracks appear, floors may no longer be level and doors may no longer be square. Even tiny, nearly imperceptible shifts can cause damage. The joints that come apart may be in or around your shower, causing the seal to come apart and water to get through.
  2. Gaps – Materials, too, can change over time. Use and age can cause wood to warp or bow. Walls, too, may bow. When bowing, warping, twisting, thinning or any other degradation of materials, gaps may appear. Gaps allow in moisture which in turn can cause more damage.
  3. Waterproofing Failure – Believe it or not, tile is not waterproof. Neither is grout or the backing board that the tile is mounted on. Each has its own degree of water permeability, but none is entirely waterproof. The real waterproofing takes place with a membrane beneath these layers. If the membrane was not properly installed or gets a hole, it can spell disaster for your home.
  4. Harsh Cleaning Products – There is a liquid waterproofing agent that can be used to coat some of your shower materials. If you use harsh chemicals when cleaning your shower, it can wear away at the waterproofer. It can also cause the shower materials to degrade.
  5. Low Quality Materials – Just as harsh chemicals can cause problems in you shower, so can using poor materials to begin. If quality materials were not used in the initial construction of your shower, you will pay for it later.
  6. Bad Plumbing – Some of the plumbing for your shower runs behind the wall. If a plumbing joint comes loose or springs a leak, it can cause water damage.
  7. Bad tiling – Tile, as mentioned above, is not entirely waterproof. Coating it with a sealer can help. But if the tiling is not set properly, it can permit water to get through and cause a leak.

How to Fix a Leaky Shower

When you have a problem in your home, you could certainly go the do-it-yourself route. But, consider the investment you have already put into your home. If you are going to make repairs to your home, it is worth the investment to make sure they are done right. Hiring a professional company to do the work for you may mean a bit of an upfront cost, but what it will save you in time and aggravation is immeasurable. Not to mention the fact that many people who attempt home improvement tasks often end up calling in a professional anyway. Save yourself the extra steps and call a professional at the first signs of a problem.

Finding the Right Contractor

Just as there is more than one place that a shower leak can originate from, there is more than one way to repair a shower leak. When looking for a contractor to fix your leaking shower, look for one who is an expert at a variety of methods for sealing and waterproofing. The contractor should also be familiar with tile work and regrouting. The contractor should also be able to assess your needs and offer you a solution tailored to your situation. Most importantly, the contractor you choose should be able to tidy up after themselves when they are done.

A leaking shower isn’t just a nussance. If left untreated, a leaky shower can lead to serious damage to your home. It is best to seek a solution as soon as the problem is detected. And while there are some home repairs a dedicated do-it-yourselfer can manage on his own, water damage is best handled by professionals.

Our Reviews!
Scott Nailon
Scott Nailon
04:23 11 Feb 21
I rent. I reported a leaking shower which to my realestate agent. They had these guys fix leaking which was in the ensuite and was leaking through the floor into my garage. The leak was regular and I had a bucket in place to catch it every time we showered!SealRITE sent out Han (yeah pronounced like the star wars character Han Solo) who was super polite, did a perfect job and left zero mess. He came at 7am the first day but on the second day was happy to come later to fit in with my schedule - really nice guy.I wish this thing had 10 stars.
Mark Schmid
Mark Schmid
04:32 02 Feb 21
Han was wonderful, the job he did was great but what was so unexpected was how clean he left the house and bathroom after re-tiling the shower. I would definitely recommend his workmanship and professionalism to anyone.
zosozombie
zosozombie
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.