Showers are something most of us use on a daily basis, whether we shower every morning before work or at night after a long day at work before bed. We take showers to clean ourselves and to keep our personal hygiene up. By using our showers on a daily basis, just like anything else, showers can wear down and if they arenâ€™t looked after properly and arenâ€™t well-maintained then problems can arise.
A shower that is poorly maintained can become a huge problem when it starts to leak and soak through the walls. As a result, the walls can become saturated, the plaster can start to bubble and then paintwork will also become damaged. The cause of the leak can be a result of the following possibilities:
- Aged, fatigued or cracked movement joints
- Fatigued, cracked or missing grout
- Leaking pipes
- Cracked tiles
Usually, a quick visual inspection can determine the cause of the problem. If you arenâ€™t able to visually find anything, you may then have to call up a licensed plumber to pressure test the pipes.
Movement joints are the joints at the corners between each of the walls the walls and the floor. In some showers, these joints are a flexible silicone strip that allows for structure movement. In other showers, this might be just grout. Grout for those who may not be sure what it is, it a mortar or paste for filling in crevices, especially the gaps between wall or floor tiles. The silicone joins can wear out and crack with age, however, grout joints are more likely to crack over time without having the flexibility to move. If your shower movement joints are starting to wear out and are in need of replacement, the silicone or grout it removed, the area is cleaned, dried and then treated with an anti-mould treatment. After that, the silicon strip is installed.
Minor cracks to grout or extend your groutâ€™s life
If your grout has very fine cracks, the best thing to do is to re-seal the grout to maintain its life. To do this, firstly the shower must be dry and clean. Apply a fine application of sealer along the grout lines to repair the cracked grout. Over time, grout can age, fatigue and become cracked. If the cracking on the grout is more prominent, it will then be best to remove all the grout and replace it.
Cracked tiles in a bathroom provide a path for water to get behind them. This will dampen the walls behind the tiles. In situations like this, you will have to replace the cracked tiles and install new tiles in using adhesive.
Plaster and paint repairs to a damaged wall
If you have a water damaged wall, the first thing you need to do it repair the leak in the shower. Once the wall is dry, the damaged plaster will then need to be scraped out. Apply new plaster to the area and then wait for it to dry. Wait a few days once the plaster has completely dried before sanding it down and painting the patched area. If you donâ€™t repair the leak or it the wall isnâ€™t dry, the same problem will reoccur.
Elite Shower Repairs
Here at Elite Shower Repairs, we are leaking specialists that will repair your shower in an efficient manner. We will arrive promptly and leave you with astounding results. We offer a range of services in Sydney, Gold Coast and Brisbane with minimal disturbance to you. Our services include bath seal service, shower reseals, waterproofing, grout repair and more. If you call Elite Shower Repairs and book our services, we will complete the task within 1 to 3 hours depending on the service and your shower is ready to use just after 24 hours. We are the most cost effective solution you can choose, so donâ€™t wait and pick up the phone to repair your shower today!