Leaking Shower: Causes and How To Fix
Why Are (Shower) Leaks Dangerous?
Besides the ugly water stain marks and water drip, are leaks dangerous, as well? The answer is yes, for a variety of unpleasant reasons.
First of all, a leak may cause serious structural damage to your home by causing wood rot or ruining your drywall. Needless to say that this can put you and your family in serious danger.
Secondly, leaks can cause mould buildup which poses a huge threat to your and your family’s respiratory system.
Because of this, you should realise that leaks are not just ugly, they can be extremely dangerous. If you notice them, either try and fix them quickly or call a local professional plumber to do it for you.
Shower Leaking From The Bottom
If your shower is leaking from its bottom or base, then a likely culprit may be cracked grout or low-quality sealants. During the seasons, a house expands and contracts, which can cause the grout or sealants to lose their effectiveness, especially if they were low-quality to begin with.
When replacing any sealant, you must remove all the remains of the old sealant first. Otherwise, your whole re-sealing process may be compromised and your shower will continue leaking from the floor.
The tricky thing is assessing whether additional damage was done to your home and whether the water has leaked behind the tiles or floor. If you’re not confident in doing this yourself, then contacting a local plumber will always be a safe choice.
Shower Leaking Through Ceiling
If you notice water stains on the ceiling below the bathroom, then your next step should be to identify the source of the leak. There are many possible culprits, from a clogged sink drain, all the way to your new stand-up shower leaking.
Sometimes it’s difficult to diagnose, but if you just installed a new shower and you’re having this problem, then the culprit is likely the new installation. Since we’re discussing leaking showers in this article, we’ll assume that you identified it as your culprit.
So, what are the possible causes for your shower to leak through the ceiling?
Damaged Bathroom Tile or Sealent
We already discussed the issue with a damaged bathroom tile and poor sealant in the previous section. This can cause the water to go under the tile and drip through to the ceiling of the room below. This is the easiest to check without dismantling anything, so this should be the first thing you look at.
Clogged Shower Drain
This is also easy to inspect and can be done without causing a mess. If your drain is clogged, the water will find its way through the piping and down to your ceiling. One thing to keep in mind is that this doesn’t mean your drain has to be completely clogged. Water can still go through, but at a slower rate, causing strain on the gaskets and piping. If you notice that the water is not going as fast through the drain as it used to, that may be an indication of a clogged drain.
There are many chemical solutions available in stores that will dissolve the clogged buildup and allow water to pass. Make sure to follow the instructions on the packaging and in most cases, you’ll have solved your problem. If, however, the problem persists, then you’ll have to call a plumber to properly inspect and identify the problem as it can be in any part in the system.
Shower Drain Has a Leaking Gasket
If your shower drain’s gasket is worn out or improperly placed in, then it will start leaking. The water will then quickly find its way to the ceiling below. Inspecting the shower drain gasket is an easy procedure, and it involves simply screwing off the shower drain. After that, you’ll be able to remove and inspect the gasket and examine its condition.
If you see that it’s in bad condition, just pop it out, buy a new one, and you can even try replacing it yourself. Shower drain gaskets aren’t expensive and cost up to a few pounds, depending on the type. The problem with replacing it yourself is that if you fail to do it correctly after painting your ceiling, water will continue to leak down causing new water stains. However, if you do it before painting, you may not notice whether it’s leaking or not, as your ceiling will already have water stains on it.
Generally, a plumber shouldn’t charge you much for replacing the gasket, as it’s not a demanding procedure. If you’re near Streatham and want it done right, feel free to contact Plumbing Professional and rest at ease, knowing that your ceiling won’t ever again see water stain marks.
Leaking Shower Pan
Just as the gasket previously discussed can get worn out, so can your shower pan. With use, the pan can develop cracks, sometimes so small that you won’t even see them. Through those cracks, the water can find its way to the ceiling of the room below, or the shower could be leaking into the basement if it's below the bathroom.
Sometimes the shower pan cracks through use, but it can also develop cracks if you drop something onto it. Naturally, low-quality shower pans will have a higher tendency to crack, so you should keep that in mind when shopping for one.
If you notice cracks in your shower pan, it doesn’t necessarily mean you have to replace it. An experienced plumber can repair the cracked shower pan for you, even if the crack is large.
Fixing a low-quality pan is likely not going to be worth it, as new cracks will develop over time anyway. However, fixing a pan can pay off multiple times through use if you bought a quality, expensive shower pan and dropped something on it, or a few cracks developed over the years.
Contact Plumbing Professional Today To Have Your Leaking Shower Fixed As Soon As Possible
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