Identifying a leaking shower

Identifying a Leaking shower. Locating the source!

Water damage causes most home repair expenses and a leaking shower is one of the most common problems.  A shower that leaks can become a big issue quite quickly as showers are used on a daily basis leading to a lot of dripping water.  It’s very important to be aware of any signs of a leak that because early intervention can help prevent structural damage and costly repairs.  If your shower area displays any of the following signs, then a leaking shower is most likely the cause and you’ll need to seek identifying a leaking shower:

Rising Damp:  this is a crucial sign that water is travelling to places it should not be.  If you are experiencing staining to the walls, salty tide marks, black mould, decaying skirting boards, musty smells or peeling/bubbling paint then in all likelihood rising dam is occurring.  

Stained, Peeling or Blistering Paint:  this is a strong indication of uncontrolled water movement within the walls or floors.

Cracked/Loose Tiles:  this is a sign of structural movement, water damage or incorrectly installed tiles.  Cracks in the tiles will permit water to enter behind the wall, under the floor or soak into the tile itself which causes discolouration and weakening of the tile adhesive.

Cracks to Walls/Floors:  the appearance of cracks, larger than 2 to 3mm, to the walls or floor around the shower area is a prominent sign of structural movement.

Missing or Discoloured Grout:  over time and with extensive exposure to moisture, grout becomes porous and degrades leading to the grout becoming discoloured and/or falling out.

Deteriorated Silicone:  old, deteriorated or missing silicone along the corners of the shower allow water to enter behind the tiles.

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What causes a leaking shower?

To prevent the excess moisture of a leaking shower from ruining a structure the source of the problem must be determined promptly.  Some common sources of shower leaks include:

Waterproofing Failure:

grout, tile and tile backing board have their own degree of water permeability but are not entirely waterproof.  The waterproofing is provided by a membrane which is installed beneath these layers and if not properly installed, or damaged, leaking will occur.

Building Movement

While slow and subtle the ground moves causing buildings to shift, joints to loosen, cracks to develop and floors to become uneven.  The shower area may be affected by this movement and the loose joints and cracks will allow water to seep through.

Poor Tile Installation

 If the tile and grout are not properly installed, water will leak through and weaken the tile adhesive causing them to lift and loosen allowing water to penetrate to the substrate.

Harsh Cleaning Products

The repeated use of harsh cleaning products will break down and degrade the sealants and grout in the shower area.

Visible Damage on Walls

Water leaking behind the walls of a shower often weaken the structural integrity of the wall and is a clear sign of a leaking shower.

Bubbling Paint

A buildup of moisture can also cause paint to bubble and peel away from underneath. This is a common telltale sign of a leaking shower.

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HOW BUSS CAN HELP

BUSS provide high quality leaking shower repairs and effective waterproofing solutions for across the commercial, residential, corporate and industrial sectors.   

  • We have 20+ years’ experience in the building and construction industry.  
  • We hold active memberships in the Australasian Concrete Repair Association, the Australian Institute of Waterproofing and the Strata Community Association.   
  • We offer 24/7 service, workmanship guarantee, product warranty and competitive pricing.
  • We are trusted service providers to property/strata managers, builders, government departments/agencies and residential clients.
  • For your peace of mind, all our Certificate III accredited applicators hold current WA Police Clearance.
  • We offer our services to Perth and the metro area.

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