Ignoring Small Water Leaks Can Flood You With Huge Problems
Getting a water leak anywhere in your home is never a good thing, but if you are lucky, it will be in a place that is readily accessible and easy to fix. It is even better if you have the skills to fix it yourself, and save the cost of calling in a plumber. Of course, there are some places where springing a leak could just be the start of your problems, and one of those places is the bathroom.
A Leaking Shower Needs Immediate Attention
Protecting the wet areas in the average bathroom from the ravages of water, soap and shampoo is done using waterproof panelling or tiles. These are permanent fixtures, so any leak occurring behind, for example, the shower wall, will usually mean stripping the tiles or panelling off to get access. Once the leak is repaired and the area dried, the panelling or tiles are replaced.
What If the Leak is Inside the Wall Cavity?
It gets worse if the leak is not obvious from the outside, and water has been entering the wall cavity for some time. Have you noticed mould or mildew anywhere, tiles becoming loose or gaps appearing in the grouting between the tiles? You may even have noticed paint or wallpaper peeling from the connecting wall. These are good indicators that there is a leak present somewhere in the room, and in most cases, you will need to call in the experts.
Preventing such leaks from happening at all is the ideal situation, and this is our aim when we install shower screens. The professional team at Budget Shower Screens do the job right the first time so our customers don’t need to worry about leaks.
Properly Installed Showers Should Not Leak
With the tough building codes in place in all Australian states and the efficiency of modern waterproofing systems, newly installed showers should not leak. We also repair shower screens, and for our customers who know their way around hand tools, we offer a range of do-it-yourself solutions.
A Do-it-Yourself Solution for the Super Confident
If you are sure that the leak is confined to the shower enclosure, and is caused by missing or soft silicone, with a little self-confidence and a few basic items, it is simple enough to repair. You will need a caulking gun and a tube of silicone. Make sure that your shower surface is clean and dry, and then apply the silicone, following the manufacturer’s instructions.
The only other potential cause of a leaking shower is extreme structural movement of the building itself which allows gaps to open, not only in the shower, but also in other parts of the structure. This will require professional attention by a building expert.