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How to Prevent Your Shower from Leaking

Water leaks literally drain your money away.
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But wasted money isn’t the only reason water leaks are an annoyance.
There’s always the potential for damage to be caused too. Any loose tile or lifted seal means water can get into the cracks and timbers beneath. That’s bad news. Over time, serious water-damaged can be caused before you even know anything about it!
Clearly, you’d be wise to take steps to prevent a leaky shower. But how do you do it?
Keep reading to discover exactly how to stop a shower from leaking.
Top Ways to Stop Leaks from Your Shower
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1. Stop Water Getting Out
Not all leaks are caused by a faulty showerhead or faucet.
Sometimes it comes down to human error! Misuse of shower curtains is one common example.
We’ve all done it. Maybe we didn’t draw the curtain correctly. Perhaps we didn’t bring the curtain into the tub with us (leaving it trailing over the side). Maybe the curtain simply isn’t fit for purpose. Whatever the reason, water escapes onto the bathroom floor.
Once or twice and it isn’t a problem. But if it keeps happening over time, the water can build up and damage the flooring.
Be sure to buy yourself a shower curtain that’s the right size and style. Nicely, you can also find them with suction cups that secure it to the bathroom wall.
2. Fix Obvious Problems
Call in a professional builder to sort out any obvious issues with your tiles, walls, grouting and/or silicone joints. Cracks, gaps, and holes mean water can easily get through to the materials beneath the shower.
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A pro builder will know the main things to look out for. They’ll be able to spot issues and resolve them with ease. They’ll also be able to assess any more serious damage that may be causing the leaks.
For instance, a common reason for leaks is that the building itself has moved. That’s common in fluctuating climates and in new-builds that are settling into their foundations.
Sure, you can also do the basic fixes yourself. But that’s often a recipe for disaster if you’re at all unsure and/or unqualified. You may end up causing more problems than you resolve.
3. Apply Silicone to Grouting
Tiled showers look great.
But they’re susceptible to leaks.
With use over time, that constant stream of water can seep through the porous grouting and get in behind the tiles. That can cause damage to any non-waterproof material beneath the tiling. Likewise, the grout itself will begin to go moldy and rot.
One way to prevent that is to seal the grout. A silicone formula over the top will add a sheen to the surface and protect it from water damage in the process.
4. Waterproof Beneath the Tiling
It’s one thing to properly waterproof the grouting.
It’s another to waterproof beneath the tiles themselves.
This is actually a sensible step to ensure your shower is impermeable to leaks. Fully waterproof the walls and floors before applying the tiles. That way, any water that does get through can’t go any further. And, as we’ve seen, you can expect grout and caulk to let water through at some point in time.
A cement backer board is a good choice as a wall substrate to use prior to tiling a shower. However, you can also apply a liquid waterproofing solution that gets rolled onto the wall instead.
5. Don’t Overtighten the Mechanism
When a showerhead begins to leak, many people try to solve the issue by tightening the handle, tap or knob as far as it can possibly go.
It seems logical. After all, turning it that way usually turns the water off. If the water is still running, then presumably it isn’t tight enough…right?
Wrong. The issue is more fundamental than that. It’s often to do with the valve inside. The inner seal may be worn out, or something has corroded or become blocked. Overtightening the faucet can actually do further damage and make the leak worse.
6. Fix the Valve
With the valve shot, the best thing to do is get a new one.
Unfortunately, that’s sometimes easier said than done. The particular method required will depend on the style of shower you own.
That said, the first step is always to turn off the water supply. Oftentimes you can do that for the shower with a shut-off valve that’s sometimes in the bathroom itself, or possibly in the basement. Otherwise, you’ll need to turn off the supply to the entire house.
The next step is to cover anything that you don’t want to get wet in the bathroom. Finally, set about replacing the valve. Hire a professional if you’re at all unsure how to do it.
Time to Wrap Up There you have it: 6 essential ways to prevent your shower from leaking.
Leaking showers pose a problem. Leaky showerheads drain your money away. Leaky tiles and surfaces can cause structural damage that requires extensive repair work. Altogether, it just makes sense to take steps to prevent leaks wherever possible.
Thankfully, there are many ways to do it. From the use of waterproofing solutions prior to shower installation to sealing your grout and replacing your valves, there are many ways to stop a leak in its tracks.
Hopefully, the information above has provided all the information you need to do just that!
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