Whether you have just discovered your shower is leaking, or, you merely suspect one is in the works, you probably have a few questions: What’s causing the leak? How much will it cost to fix? How long will that take? Can I fix it myself? And what happens if the leak comes back?
Fear not, you’re in the right place. Because at Shower Sealed, waterproofing bathrooms and showers is our bread and butter. So we’re fully qualified to answer your burning questions on this topic.
Without further ado, here are answers to the 5 most common questions regarding shower leaks.
What causes a shower to leak?
There are many ways a shower can leak. Unless you know what you’re looking for, those ways may not be obvious to you.
That’s why, when a professional waterproofing expert carries out a visual inspection of your shower, they use technology that enables them to identify the source of the leak – without removing tiles.
Before you take that step, though, there are a few warning signs you can look out for. These are quick and easy to remember. And you don’t need any special tools,either. The most common causes of leaking showers are:
- Cracked or loose tiles
- Missing tile grout or sealant
- Gaps between wall and floor joints
- Water escaping the shower screen onto the floor
How much does it cost to repair a leaking shower?
Believe it or not, most leaking showers can be repaired without removing tiles. This means great savings for you, as you don’t have to spend money on hiring tradies to rip out the tiles and fix the issue beneath the surface.
For this reason, the price of a typical shower repair job is between $395 and $595.
Of course, depending on the condition of your shower, and the nature of the leakage, prices may vary. Generally speaking, though, repairing a leaking shower is a lot more affordable than you think. So don’t let price get in the way of saving your home from water damage.
How long does the repair job take?
Without the need to remove tiles, fixing a leaking shower does not take long. That’s because the resealing process is fairly quick. And if there’s no need to replace broken tiles, the job is even faster.
Keep in mind, there are come considerations. If the grout is in bad shape, and needs to be stripped out and replaced, this can increase the amount of time required. This also applies to replacing and topping up the sealant.
On top of this, any broken tiles will need to be replaced with a matching set. If you don’t already have spare tiles on hand, they’ll need to be ordered. Again, this can increase the time of a repair job.
Overall, the average time for a standard ‘No Tile Removal’ shower repair is within 4 hours. And the treated area is ready to use within 24 to 48 hours. This way, your bathroom or shower is ready to use sooner, rather than later.
How long does the repair last for?
Any reputable waterproofing company will back up their products and services with a satisfaction guarantee.
Shower Sealed is no exception. All our work comes with a 12 year satisfaction guarantee. This means, if under any circumstances that our work does not meet your expectations, you won’t pay a cent more for us to remedy the work for you.
Because, after all, when you pay for a professional service, you deserve to have the peace of mind that comes with it too. Don’t you think?
What happens if my waterproofing has failed?
If your inspection report indicates a failure with the waterproofing membrane, it will need to be replaced.
Given the nature of this process, the job will take longer and be more expensive than a standard No Tile Removal repair service. This is because the tiles have to be removed in order for the new waterproof membrane to be installed.
When installed by a professional, though, a new waterproof membrane will last for a long time. In fact, the average lifespan of a waterproof membrane is around 10 to 15 years or more.
So, as long as you look after your shower, and prevent water from breaching the surface, you will enjoy long lasting relief from water damage.