Can you hear that dripping sound?
It’s not just the sound of water going down the drain. It’s your hard-earned cash going into the pockets of your water company, plumbers and – if the problem is left for too long – the builders who need to repair the property due to moisture damage.
If you’re left wondering, “How can I stop my shower leaking?” There are options.
An in-home inspection from Shower Sealed can help you discover the problem and find out the best treatment to suit your individual circumstances. They can also professionally fix and replace any faulty parts so you can enjoy a safe, reliable source of water.
If you’d rather take the DIY approach, there’s a few cost-effective ways to stop a leaking shower.
1. Fix the Showerhead
Most faulty showerheads leak when the washer or O-ring breaks down and can no longer stop water from passing through. The internal parts can also become blocked from dirt, grime, grit, mineral deposits and lime scale.
To remove the showerhead, do the following tasks:
- Turn off the main water supply (be prepared for leftover water after removing the showerhead)
- Unscrew the showerhead from the pipe with your hands. If the showerhead is stuck, use an adjustable wrench or pliers to loosen the connection.
- Inspect the washer and O-ring. If they appear dry, brittle or worn down – replace them.
- Combine a mixture of water and vinegar then bring the solution to a boil. Dip an old toothbrush in the mixture and gently scrub the showerhead to remove any dirt, grime, grit, lime scale, and mineral deposits that may be clogging the showerhead holes.
- Re-secure the connection between the showerhead and pipe with thread seal tape.
- Turn the main water supply back on. Test the shower and inspect for any signs of leakage.
2. Fix the Faucet
If fixing the showerhead does not stop your shower leaking, the problem may be coming from the faucet.
Shower faucets come in one-knob and two-knob configurations. If your shower has a two-knob switch, you’ll need to inspect and replace both valves at the same time.
After turning off the water supply and disassembling the faucet, inspect the washers for the build-up of dirt, grit, grime and mineral deposits. If the washers are beyond repair, save yourself the trouble and replace them or hire a professional to do the job for you.
3. Replace Broken Tiles
A loose or broken tile will increase the chance of moisture damage to the property.
Inspect the surface of your shower and fix or replace any broken tiles. Be sure to keep the area clean when installing the new tiles and consult your local hardware store to find tiles that match the existing set.
If you’re struggling with removing the tiles or applying new grout, a waterproofing expert can do the job for you and stop your shower leaking.
4. Re-Grout the Tiles
Are the tiles are in good condition but the grout is worn down?
Remove the current grout by using a grout removal tool or power tool with an oscillating blade. Avoid making contact with the surrounding tiles and always wear safety goggles to protect your eyes. Once most of the grout has been removed, use sandpaper or a grout saw to remove leftover grout and make the finish smooth.
From there, you can apply the new layer of tile grout to the surface. Use a grout float and apply the new layer at a 90-degree angle, sweeping the float diagonally across the surface.
5. Hire Shower Sealed to Fix Your Leaking Shower
Is the DIY route not getting the results you want? Call Shower Sealed for effective and long-lasting relief from leaking showers.
Shower Sealed are the experts in shower sealing, re-grouting, tiling, shower repairs and renovations. Without the need to remove tiles, your shower can be serviced within 4 hours and be ready to use the next day.
The unique combination of Ultra Bond Technology makes it possible to seal your leaking shower. All tools, products and procedures are designed to target and stop leakage points while making sure your shower looks fantastic.
Each service comes with a 12 year guarantee for peace of mind.
Request a FREE quote and stop your shower from leaking today! Call 1300 519 133 or send your enquiry to get friendly support from licensed professionals.