There comes a time in every shower’s life when it will need to be repaired. It is inevitable that, at some point, the waterproofing membrane will fail, tiles will crack, become loose or fall off, holes or cracks will appear in grout, or the silicone sealant will lift or split. Even showers with fibreglass or plastic tubs have the potential to leak as they age, with silicone sealant splitting or cracks developing in the tube. When this happens, the shower will begin to leak – either out onto the bathroom floor, where it creates a slip hazard, or, worse still, into the floor or walls underneath the tiles or tub where it enables water intrusion into surrounding areas.
If your bathroom is need of shower repairs, we strongly recommend having it assessed as soon as possible to avoid further problems or damage that may be caused by water intrusion. Consistent water intrusion into the walls and floor around leaking showers can cause problems with rising damp, which assists the growth of mould and bacteria, can attract termites and other pests, and result in wood rot in floors and walls that can seriously affect the structural integrity of your home over time.
While damaged showers have the potential to cause significant problems with leakage, and this is perhaps the most important reason to have the damage assessed and repaired, there are other considerations. One such consideration is the aesthetic value of your bathroom.
A damaged shower affects the visual appeal of your bathroom and your bathroom is a key determinant in assessing the value of your home. An otherwise lovely home can be ruined by a bathroom that is in a state of disrepair. Water damage in and around your leaking shower can cause:
However, water intrusion is not the only reason your shower may need repair. These issues may also be attributable to age, poor bathroom design that prevents proper ventilation, use of faulty, inferior, or unsuitable products, improper installation, or substandard workmanship.
Whatever the reason, the result is the same – a shower that needs repairing, and a bathroom that is unsightly and has a negative effect on the visual appeal and value of your home.
The effort and expense required to adequately address problems and repair your shower will vary, depending on the nature and extent of the damage to your shower, bathroom, and the surrounding area. Some leaks or damage may only require minor repairs, while other leaks and damage may require significant and expensive repairs. Some problems may be solved in the short term by using surface waterproofing or by simply replacing cracked or missing tiles, however long term fixes that repair damage, prevent it from reoccurring and provide aesthetically pleasing solutions are often only achieved through bathroom renovations.
Have your shower assessed by an experienced professional from a reputable and trustworthy company. Shane, from Novocastrian Bathroom Solutions, is a fully licensed builder who has many years’ experience in shower repairs and bathroom renovation. He will come to your home, perform a thorough visual inspection of the area or damage, and provide you with an honest assessment and reliable advice on the best shower repairs to solve your specific issues.