It’s a bold claim from us here at Leaky Showers Ormeau…how we can fix your leaking shower without removing any tiles isn’t it? You must be looking at your shower and wondering how on earth do they do that? Well, we’d be lying if we said that we had a magic wand! It actually is a combination of highly skilled professionals and industrial-strength sealers and silicone. But most of all, it’s our 20 years of experience fixing Leaky Showers Ormeau, that has given us our reputable name and skill. We’ve seen it all, and your leaky shower is our kind of business.
How bad can a leaky shower get? read on to discover more from Leaky Showers Coomera!
Life can get hectic at times. We often find ourselves running around, juggling tasks, and making a mental note of those un-done jobs that are beginning to pile up. So, when you notice a bit of a damp smell in your bathroom or a bit of mould on the broken silicone seal around your shower, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and push it to the back of your mind.
How bad can a bit of a leak be?
Well, as it turns out – pretty bad. Leaking baths and showers are a common issue, particularly with older homes. The bad thing about a leaky shower is they do not come with an alarm bell to warn you what is happening. Shower leaks are discreet and silent, making it easy to not notice. But when water is escaping through the outer layer of tile and sealant, it can eventually enter parts of the home not designed to hold excess water or moisture.
Tile grout can be difficult to keep clean, especially in your shower where it is regularly wet. Warm moist areas create the perfect environment for mildew and mould to grow, so it is understandable that you want to keep your shower as clean as possible.
Tile grout is the hardened material that fills the space in between your tiles and keeps the water out. It is essentially a combination of cement, water and colourant that is applied under pressure to avoid gaps and achieve a smooth watertight finish to your shower and bath area.
Because grout is porous, a sealant is usually applied to prevent any breakdown in between the tiles over time. However, grout can be damaged, and this can cause water to seep through the tiles and compromise the integrity of the waterproof membrane, or worse, leak and damage the building structure.
Got a leaking shower and wondering why? Then read on…because, at Leaky Showers Nerang, we’re about to unpack this topic in detail!
Leaking showers can really affect your home because grout isn’t actually waterproof, and even waterproof membranes aren’t impervious to deterioration. A leaking shower can also mean your plasterboard, timber and paintwork are also vulnerable to water damage. Tiny cracks in a shower floor can let water through, and you could end up finding water (and water damage) far beyond your bathroom – especially if your bathroom or ensuite is on the second floor. Foundations and your timber frame can also be damaged which can, in turn, lead to costly repairs.
Some of the causes of leaking showers can be:
1. Broken Tiles Or Grout
When tiles are broken or have been improperly installed, they are exposed to water. Water can break down the tile adhesive, causing tiles to come loose or even fall off altogether. There may also be gaps in the grout sealing, allowing water to reach the waterproof membrane that’s beneath the tiles.
2. Deteriorating Waterproofing
Sometimes in leaking showers, the waterproofing membrane has deteriorated naturally over time (maybe even unnaturally due to more water reaching it than there should be) or has been installed improperly. When this happens minor leaks in the bathroom can turn into water that can flow freely into your home’s structure.
Do you have a Leaking Shower? If so, the experts at Leaky Showers Nerang are here to help! Leaking showers can cause an array of damage to the structure of your home, which can result in a hefty repair bill.
Read on to discover all of the services we provide to eliminate the leaks in your shower and save you money in repairs.
We Can Fix Your Shower
When you have a problem with your shower, it’s important to leave those repairs to the experts. For example, you may need to fix loose or damaged tiles or even fix a leaky tap or showerhead.
Completing these repairs correctly, and up to the required Australian standards, requires a special set of skills, tools and experience which often the home DIY’er just doesn’t have. Attempting to undertake a job like this can result in bigger problems in the long run, like tiles falling off the wall because the wrong adhesive was used. At Leaky Showers Nerang, we only use professional-grade products and our experience allows us to fix your leaky shower in half the time it would take you. This means your shower will be up and running again in no time.
Waterproofing balconies and bathrooms are essential to keeping any home safe from water damage – but it’s also necessary to work with experts like Leaky Showers to get the job done right! This article will review the basics of waterproofing, why it is important, and where to find the best waterproofing repairs in South Brisbane.
The Basics of Waterproofing
Waterproofing repairs on leaking showers and balconies prevent moisture from passing through them causing structural damage to the internal frame of your home. In simple terms, a waterproof membrane is applied in a thick layer that keeps all moisture from leaching into areas of your home that are vulnerable to water.
For example, it could be dangerous if your shower leaks into the floors causing the wood to rot or deteriorate. This is extremely dangerous (and expensive!) if your shower is on the second story of your home. However, there will inevitably be water in your shower, so you must apply waterproofing materials to keep it contained. In industry terms, this process is a part of shower resealing.
According to the Australian building code, waterproofing is required anywhere in your home that has a water outlet. This includes your shower, laundry room, bathrooms, and other areas.
Your shower floors and walls must be waterproofed, in addition to your bathroom walls. Interestingly, if your shower is on the second story, you are required to waterproof the entire room – especially if the flooring is made out of wood!
Why Is Waterproofing Important?
So, why is working with an expert in waterproofing essential?
Well, as you might be aware, water is a very corrosive substance and can do a lot of damage to your home. If water seeps through your floors or walls and goes undetected, it can cause numerous problems. Wet or rotting wood will also attract termites that can cause extensive damage as they eat their way through the timber frame of your home.
Why do showers leak? Aren’t they supposed to be waterproof?
Having everything function in your home the way it was intended to is a beautiful thing. Irrespective of how perfect we want our homes to be, it is unfortunately not always the case. Shower screens, taps, bathtubs or even electrical appliances usually develop one fault or another at some point in the life of the product. Of all the faults that can come up in our homes, a leaking shower stands above the others in how it can affect the running of a home. Think about this for a second, walking downstairs or even into the kids rooms on a Monday morning only to discover a wet patch on the floor along with bubbling paint and damaged walls.
It brings a truly horrid sinking feeling in your stomach that makes you wonder “Aren’t showers supposed to be waterproof…how on earth can it just suddenly start leaking”?
You don’t need to get yourself stressed out about whether your shower is properly waterproofed or not. The truth is, leaking showers are a frequent occurrence in homes all around Brisbane and the Gold Coast (especially upstairs where there is likely to be more movement) and they can happen anytime to anyone.
Leaking showers can cause major problems such as mould, weakening of building structures, cracks to walls, loose tiles and a whole lot of other issues. It is important all homeowners understand why showers leak in the first place and what the major causes can be…Let’s take a look.
Why do showers leak?
There are a whole lot of reasons why showers leak, moving of your slab under the house, movement in earthworks and house footings, poor tiling and even poorly fitted shower screens can cause your shower to suddenly start leaking. This is the case with the below
The shower pictured below was recently re-tiled and it was very well done, as far as tiling goes. It was neat and lined up and at first glance, you couldn’t tell what the actual cause of the leak was. The problem it turns out was that the shower screen was not removed when it was re-tiled, This in turn allowed water to get in behind the tiles which caused a host of issues. The tiles had been fixed with silicon on the inside of the hob and they started to fall off.
What are the limitations in waterproofing?
In answering the question “Aren’t showers supposed to be waterproof?” Well, the simple answer is…yes!
But wait there is a small catch, only a small portion of the shower is actually waterproof and this is called the waterproof membrane. Every other part of your shower is susceptible to water damage. If the shower membrane is poorly installed or develops holes or becomes frail, shower leakages are bound to occur and will only be a matter of time.
See below: This hob at the end of the bath, its little wonder why it was leaking every time the kids had a bath! Water just poured through the deteriorated grout and underneath the tiles there was just no waterproofing at all.
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