Signs of a leaking shower

Signs of a leaking shower

Signs of a leaking shower

Warning Signs of a Shower Leak

You suspect a Leaking shower Repair may be needed but how can you know for sure? We have put together a list of signs of a leaking shower, Not sure if these signs apply to your shower? Sealtech Solutions will be happy to discuss your concerns with you to assess your situation and provide advice on how to fix a leaking shower

Trust your nose – If you can smell rot or mustiness this is a red flag that there is a leak in your bathroom possibly coming from your leaky shower. In addition to being unpleasant for those in the home, an unpleasant odour can also be a sign of mould and rotting which are even more serious issues. Mould and mildew thrive in humid and moist environments, and bathrooms with poor ventilation are certain breeding grounds. Not only are these bad for your health especially if you have asthma or allergies, prolonged exposure can irritate your eyes, skin, nose, and throat but mould spores also actually destroy materials in your bathroom such as wood this is what gives off that unpleasant odour. Some people try cleaning the mould with vinegar or store-bought solutions but unfortunately, if the mould has been there for a while it has made its way into the grout and is very difficult to remove. If you are going to try to remove black mould yourself you should always wear protective gear such as a face mask so you’re not breathing in the spores and gloves so you don’t come into contact with the mould then touch your eyes and be prepared for lots of elbow grease. The use of harsh commercial cleaners isn’t your grouts best friends. Cement grout is porous and will absorb the chemical leading to it breaking down. Missing grout in the shower will lead to water problems and a possible leak in your shower. The best prevention for mould and mildew in your bathroom is using exhaust fans or have open windows to reduce the moisture and humidity when having showers, let the simple squeegee be your best friends, after a shower or bath squeegee the excess moisture of the walls and shower screen, clean and disinfect bathrooms weekly. But if you have a leaking shower or a leak in the bathroom, get it fixed as soon as possible, the longer the leak is left the worse the damage.

Cracked or loose tiles – You may have noticed some movement beneath your feet due to moving tiles. There can be a few reasons why your tile is becoming loose some of which can be house movement, damaged grout, the tiles haven’t been installed with the correct amount of adhesive. Once the water penetrates underneath the tile it can destroy the bond and lead to the shower wall swelling causing tiles to fall off the wall or crack. In the case of floor tiles, they will either pop up or crack due to the pressure. This is not mentioning all the structural problems all the water penetration can create. As the shower is exposed to a lot of water frequently the damage tends to spread very quickly. The longer the problem is left untreated the further risk to greater structural damage and higher repair costs. The only way to stop your shower leaking is to seal all the places that water can penetrate.

Paint problems – Your paint might be trying to tell you something. Bubbling or peeling paint is common in bathrooms with poor ventilation and water damage especially near the shower. The high humidity and moisture found in bathrooms will always wreak havoc with your paint especially if it hasn’t been primed properly with a moisture-resistant primer or a cheap paint has been used. The excessive moisture or a bathroom leak commonly found in a leaky shower can also cause damage to bathroom ceilings. As well as being unattractive, damaged ceilings will worsen and cause serious structural issues. When the moisture gets in between the wall and paints it destroys the bond between the wall and paint which causes the paint to bubble from the wall and peel.

Resist the urge for a quick fix by painting over the problem area. Identifying the root of the problem will be more cost-effective in the long run.

Damp and damaged walls – This can be caused by something as simple as spraying water from the showerhead seeping between the missing or loose grout or something serious like a pipe behind the wall. If the wall is starting to warp and stain it’s a sure sign that there is water damage behind there. It’s always important to ensure a diagnosis has been done by a professional before carrying out any repairs. For less intrusive methods water meter’s or thermal imaging cameras are great in pinpointing the exact location of the leak.

Discoloured and missing grout – Loose or missing grout within your shower should always be sealed as soon as possible as this allows water to penetrate behind the tile to the waterproof membrane underneath. Discoloured grout is not only an eyesore but a sure sign you have a leaking shower. Left untreated for a long period it can lead to structural damage which will end up costing you more to fix. The condition and colour of the grout in your shower is one of the biggest signs you have a leaking shower needing repair and reveal how well the shower is functioning

The bathroom or shower door is jamming – this problem is often overlooked. But if you think about it, when a door is jamming or not closing properly, this is the sign of a bigger issue. A quick repair to a leaking shower can have several benefits including the proper functioning of bathroom and shower doors.

Stained timber underneath the floor – If you suspect an issue check the flooring beneath the bathroom. If it is stained or damp this is a good sign you have a leaking shower.

Do It Yourself or Not

As tempting as it might seem to do a Do it yourself fix consider the risks. Your home is your most expensive and valuable asset. Water leaks in your bathroom are a serious issue and therefore it only makes sense to have it repaired professionally by a trained technician for peace of mind.

Professional companies have the knowledge, tools and commercial-grade materials that normally aren’t found in a DIY kit. They will also have diagnostic equipment to accurately pinpoint the source of the leak.

Don’t ignore the signs of a problem. Long term shower damage will cost you more in the long run not just to your hip pocket but to your health if there is excessive mould in your bathroom.

Have any questions about Leaking Shower Repairs or Bathroom repairs, we would be happy to assist.

Sealtech Solutions we provide fast and quality affordable shower sealing solutions for shower repairs across Sydney. We offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee on all our products and workmanship. Contact us for a free quote.

What Causes a Shower Leak

What Causes a Shower Leak

What Causes a Shower Leak

Leaking Shower Repairs are necessary when it is damaging the structure of your home. So what causes a shower leak. There can be several reasons why your leaking showers have a leak.  One thing is for certain, left untreated for a length of time the spread of water will cause structural damage to your home. As your biggest investment, it’s worth the effort to maintain it regularly just as you would your car. But have you ever thought about what caused that shower leak in the first place?

Some common causes of a leaking shower could be:

Building Movement:

Homes are built to allow for some building movement. Your home will gradually be settling years after it has been built. With time minor changes will occur within your home. Doors will shift, doors will shift, hairline cracks will appear and skirting boards may detach from the wall.  One of the most common areas to be affected by the building movement is your shower. Tiles and cement grout aren’t flexible they are rigid materials. Building movement will cause separation between the floor and wall. This will affect the sealant and causing the grout to crack and fall out. The gaps then allow water to seep under the tiles. Once there the water gets trapped between the tile and waterproof membrane.

Waterproof Membrane Fails:

A waterproof membrane is applied to all wet areas in your home including balconies.  The membrane is designed to stop water penetrating to the surrounding areas. Australia has regulations in place which the application of waterproofing must comply with.

This is set out in the Building Code of Australia and Australian Standards (AS3740 -1994). Bathroom specifications, state that the entire shower floor and walls up to 1800mm in height must be waterproofed. Even with regulations in place, there are limitations to the waterproof membrane.

The special concern goes to cases where inferior products are used or the application is not to standard. Particularly the joins where the floor meets the walls. If you have ever watched The Block on television you will notice the catchphrase “Waterproof Wednesday”. Why because the membrane needs enough time to cure before tiling. Any combination of these items can easily put extra pressure on your membrane. Missing or cracked grout in the shower allows water to penetrate the membrane. The more water trapped under the tiles the quicker the deterioration. Once breached water is allowed to travel to nearby structural parts of your home.

Silicone Sealing Fails:

No presence of silicone seal within the inner junctions of your shower walls.  This is an issue for potential leaks from your shower. When you find more water on your bathroom floor than inside your shower,  you have a leak.   Even when it has been applied the constant use of the shower will in time deteriorate its integrity. Once silicone starts pulling away from the wall or has mould you will have moisture issues.

Crumbling & Missing Grout:

Cement-based grout is generally used in shower floors, because of its ease of application and cost savings. The downside is its tendency to chip, stain, susceptibility to mould and durability. As cement grout is not flexible any type of building movement will cause it to crack under the pressure.  The small hairline cracks will in time grow larger and cause the grout to crumble.  Regular visual inspections of the walls and floor will alert you to potential issues. Grout which is missing and cracked grout will allow water to penetrate behind the shower tiles.  The presence of mould in the grout lines is an indicator of the moisture trapped behind the tiles.  Leaking shower recesses are a prevalent problem, in particular amongst apartment buildings.

Plumbing Issues:

As this is such a broad category I will split it into two categories. Visible leaks and hidden leaks which are behind walls and under floors. The visible leaks are easier to identify and fix. A leaking shower head may only need something as simple as replacing a worn-out washer or a thorough clean. The showerhead can become clogged from built-up mineral deposits.  Don’t want to replace your shower head.   Try some home remedies to clean the showerhead to see if that helps with the drip. There are countless remedies on the internet. But I use the white vinegar method to clean all the calcium buildup. Partly fill a plastic bag with white vinegar.  Submerge the showerhead in the vinegar. Attach the bag with a string around the neck of the showerhead. Let soak for a couple of hours, untie the bag and let hot water run through to flush out any of the built-up calcium.  You can also use an old toothbrush to get rid of any excess calcium around the holes. Then let the hot water run again to flush away any remaining calcium. Always check your materials when using vinegar as it can destroy gold fixtures if left for too long.  Unfortunately,  water leaks behind the shower wall are more difficult to diagnose. In cases like this, it is always best left to professionals. Plumbers have both the knowledge and tools to diagnose and fix the water leak correctly. Whichever the case may be water leaks in the shower should never be left for too long to repair. Excess water within the shower not only aids in the growth of mould it can cause structural damages.

Warning Signs of a Shower Leak

  • Shower Smells–  Nasty smells coming from your bathroom. They can be a case of blocked drains or extreme mould.
  • Loose or cracked tiles  – Movement of tiles within the shower is a signal of water trapped under tiles. Cracked or broken tiles allow for higher water penetration to your membrane.
  • Paint problems –  Bubbling or peeling paint are common signs in bathrooms with leak issues. Poor ventilation or water damage near the shower will aid in the paint deterioration. Resist the urge for a quick fix by painting over the problem area. Identifying the root of the problem will be more cost-effective in the long run.
  • Damp damaged wall – If the wall is starting to warp and stain it’s a sure sign that there is water damage behind there.
  • Discoloured or missing grout –  Loose or missing grout within your shower. This should always be sealed as soon as possible to stop water penetration under the tile. Discoloured grout is not only an eyesore but a sure sign you have a leaking shower. The condition and colour of the grout in the shower is an indicator of a shower needing repairs.
  • Bathroom or shower doom jamming   –  Sometimes it can be a simple fix, such as a loose hinge on the bathroom door.  In other cases,  it is an indicator that there is too much moisture behind a wall making the surrounding wood to swell.

How to Fix a Leaking Shower

Once the detective work is completed and the source of the water leak identified. A more informed decision on how to fix the leak in the shower can be made.  Hidden leaks such as pipe connections behind walls are best left to plumbers.   If the cause is within the shower structure such as the seals, silicone or grout you have two choices.  The first choice for many will be the DIY route. This will include many trips down to your local Bunnings store.  Once there receiving advice from sales staff on products to use and handy tips. For some technologically savvy DIY enthusiasts will go through YouTube videos for handy hints.

The second choice is to leave it to the experts.   Having a shower sealed by professionals might seem like a big financial outlay. It will save you both time and stress not to mention the peace of mind knowing the job has been done properly.

A professional company provides many services for fixing leaking showers. Services include regrouting showers, shower waterproofing, shower leak repsirs, fix, sxeal, replace broken tiles, waterproof epoxy grouting, sealing shower recesses, application of silicone. When repairing shower bases ensure that high-grade epoxy grout is used. Assessments should always be done by a tradesperson, not a salesperson. An experienced tradesman will be able to diagnose the source of the leak and offer a shower sealing solution customized to your needs. When choosing a shower repair company have a checklist handy. Are they knowledgeable, approachable, friendly, is communication prompt.  Always check reviews and past customer experiences. Lastly are you comfortable with the staff and do you have confidence in them?

Whatever path is taken one thing is for certain the shower leak should be fixed as soon as possible.  Left for an extended period of time it can cause structural damage to your home.

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5 Reasons Why you shouldn’t neglect fixing your leaking shower

5 Reasons Why you shouldn’t neglect fixing your leaking shower

Fix your leaking shower

In our minds, showers and bathrooms are waterproofed so we needn’t worry about any water issues. Here are 5 reasons why you shouldn’t neglect fixing your leaking shower. A leaking shower may not seem to be a problem in the beginning. Why because in our minds the shower is specifically built to contain water, so why the hurry in getting it fixed. We tell ourselves that bathroom repairs can be costly so we hold off on the leaking repairs as long as possible. Unfortunately, the longer the leak is ignored, the greater the damage and more costly the repair.

Need a good reason why you can’t neglect fixing your shower leak then read on.

Impact on our environment

Australia has gone through a lot of droughts in the past decade. Parts of our country are in the grip of another drought. It has not only added extra pressure to the economy but the poor struggling farmers and affects us all. Less water means fewer crops cultivated and higher market prices.

In Sydney dam levels are dropping at an alarming rate. Warragamba Dam which is the city’s largest source of water currently sits at under 50%. The onslaught of the summer season and bushfires will do nothing to ease the pressures on the dams. We all need to play our part in contributing to saving water, every drop is precious. Have you given a thought to how much water is wasted from that leaky shower head?

One leaking shower head which drips about 10 drips per minute equals to over 1,000 litres per year.

Higher Water Bills

Every year the cost of living goes up inflation on the rise. It’s harder for families to cope and we all have to become savvier with our income and expenses. Mortgage payments and utility bills account for a significant part of our expenses. Electricity, gas and water bills we can’t control the fixed charges. We can control the usage charges by being smarter about how we use our services.

Stop ignoring the drip from the leaky faucet or leaking shower head. Every drip you ignore is your hard-earned dollars going down the drain. Remember the bigger and heavier the leak the higher the bill.

Leaking shower heads are quite easy to fix. If the water is leaking from the showerhead, hose or arm it generally means that the sealing washers are damaged and need replacing. Remember always turn off the water to the house before pulling any plumbing apart to inspect. Not confident then it’s best left for a plumber or handyman to fix.

Annoying Drip

Drip Drip Drip how can little drops of water become so annoying and take over your consciousness. The sound of the ocean is so soothing, yet the sound of the solitary drip mind-blowing. Worse yet if your bedroom is next to the bathroom. The nights when you settle in bed for a good nights sleep but all you can hear is that pesky leak from the bathroom. Once you’ve heard it you can’t hear it. It takes over your consciousness and builds on your nerves. A good nights rest is vital for our wellbeing and mental state.

 Mould growth

If there’s one place that mould will love in your home it will clearly be the bathroom. That nasty smell of rot coming from your bathroom is a warning sign of hidden dangers. Not only is it unpleasant for the people living in the home but visitors as well. Constant exposure to high amounts of mould can lead to health problems, particularly in the case of asthma and allergy sufferers.

Some may treat the mould with store-bought chemicals while others with home remedies. Always ensure that there is good ventilation to stop mould forming in the first place. When having a shower either use an exhaust fan or open a window for airflow. After the shower uses a squeegee to remove excess moisture from the walls. Clean and disinfect bathrooms weekly.

If the reason for the growth of mould is because there is a leak behind the shower wall or under the shower tile, no amount of products will destroy the mould. This should be inspected and fixed accordingly.

Structural Issues

Continued dampness in your bathroom will lead to structural problems. Water leaks not only destroy your bathroom but adjoining rooms. Peeling paint, rotting timber door frames and flooring, wet carpet are all signs of a water leak. If the bathroom is on an upper story of a home or an apartment the water can drip the ceiling below.

If the water leak is in the shower recess, it can destroy the timber frame supporting your shower. Over time the water collected under the shower tiles will damage the waterproof membrane. A damaged membrane means that the water can travel to the structural components. Your bathroom consists of timber floors and timber studs supporting the walls. Long term moisture will rot your timber leading to expensive rebuilds. The severity of the damage will be dependent on the location, cause and length of time of the leak.

Signs of a Shower Leak

Notice any of the following symptoms they are indicators that you may have a shower leak.  Not sure have a professional assessment.

  • Smell coming from your bathroom- Always trust your nose if it is a musty smell caused by mould from rotting timber in your bathroom. Sewer smell means it’s a blocked drain.
  • Cracked or loose tiles – Cracked tiles will allow water to travel underneath causing tiles to become loose.
  • Cracked or missing grout – Missing or cracked grout allows water to penetrate behind the tile. In time the grout will become discoloured and allow the growth of mould.
  • Peeling paint Damaged Walls – When a gyprock wall is wet for a continuous period of time it will cause the paint to bubble and peel.

If you notice any sign of a leak in your shower always have it fixed as soon as possible. Leaks fixed early will save the environment and save you money on the water bill and Shower Repair.

Caught early your shower can be sealed without the removal of tiles at a fraction of the cost of a rebuild.

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We are the Shower Repair Company that still believes in old fashioned service.