Shower leak repairs & Re-sealing2019-05-16T18:39:22+00:00

Shower leak repairs & Re-sealing

Shower leak repairs & Re-sealing:

Is your shower showing signs of a leak to leak? Silicone looking unsightly or mouldy?

We remove the existing silicone from your shower recess tiles and shower screen, and then apply a brand new high quality mould and fungi resistant silicone sealant to the shower recess.

The new sealant will be applied to all junctions within the shower recess, including the internal perimeter of the shower base, the vertical junctions of the shower recess, and the shower screen.

Do You Have A Leaking Shower?

Did you know 1 in 3 Australian homes have a leaking shower recess?

The average shower is used well over 1500 times per year!

Are you stressed our about a leaky shower in your home?

Do not wait until it’s too late. If left un-repaired, a leaking shower can wreak havoc on your home.

A leaky shower can cause water damage to plaster and cement sheeting behind tiles, causing water to soak into the wall lining causing them to absorb the water like a sponge.

Once the water from the shower leak has saturated the plaster behind the tiles, the water leakage then begins to make work of absorbing into timber wall framing studs, and rotting the timber causing structural damage to your home.

It is crucial you carry out shower repairs as early as possible-The very moment you become aware

The timber wall framing inside your shower recess wall tiles may be load bearing- responsible for holding up the roof of your home! You do not want to have water rotting your home’s structural integrity.

A shower or bathroom leak can also travel beneath your shower base or shower base tiles, travelling under your bathroom floor tiles outside the shower recess, soaking into timber flooring until your timber flooring beneath your tiles becomes saturated.

We have seen flooring saturated to the point where it resembles soggy Weetbix when the tiles are lifted.

We have also had reports from clients stepping through flooring, prompting them to contact us.

Structural Damage:

Timber flooring will begin to expand, contract and warp due to the water saturation, which can result in floor tile grout cracking, tiles and grout cracking or lifting and grout becoming efflorescent.

Grout efflorescence is often one of the first indications of a shower leak.

Showers leak when the preparation for each stage of construction of the shower has not been carried out using correct techniques or appropriate and compliant materials.

Mouldy Silicone

Generally, a poorly built shower will initially leak through expired or poorly applied silicone.

The silicone should be applied to your shower between the junctions where your wall tiles meet the internal perimeter of your shower base, and the vertical corner junctions of the shower recess.

Another initial indication of a shower leak is mouldy silicone. You may start to notice that you are unable to clean off mould from the silicone.

Once moisture and water have been allowed to penetrate through silicone, the water will leak through the silicone junctions, and then absorb into the plaster or sheet wall linings behind the tiles, soaking into the wall lining rotting plaster, sheeting and timber structural framing.

You may also find that no matter how much you scrub, you cannot scrub the mould away.

The reason for this is because the moisture has snuck behind the surface of the silicone, and due to the plaster behind the tiles holding the water like a sponge, it continues to release moisture to the underside/back of the silicone.

Silicone should be replaced as soon as you notice any mould that you cannot clean away, or every 2 years, whichever comes first.

Did You Know That Silicone Sealants Should Be Replaced Every 2 Years?

Silicone sealants contain built in fungicidal protectors to inhibit the growth of mould and provide fungal resistance. These fungal growth inhibitors are only safe for contact with humans in low levels.

To comply with safety and toxicity standards/regulations, the amount of fungal inhibiter chemical that the silicone manufacturers are able to use in the product expires after around 2 years from the time of the initial application.

It’s important to replace silicone regularly as part of your regular property maintenance routine to ensure water will not penetrate behind silicone and cause structural damage to your home.