How to re-seal a leaking shower
Leaking showers can cause expensive damage to your home and your family’s health. It’s a very common problem in both old and new bathrooms – where the membrane is failing and water is seeping under the tiles.
If you have mould and mildew in your bathroom it can be a sign of a leaking shower. The damage may not limited to the bathroom but appear in adjacent rooms or cupboards. You may notice damp patches or mould forming in walls or carpets. You may have damp and swollen architraves and skirting boards or have noticed a mouldy smell. These are all signs of a leaking shower.
A leaking shower can cause more serious problems in areas you can’t see. A leaking shower can create damp areas in the foundations of your home attracting termites and pests. Or if your leaking bathroom is upstairs, dampness can form in the under-sealing cavity causing damage to ceiling and plasterboard.
Damp and mouldy conditions can also create serious health problems – especially in children. So it’s important to act quickly if you notice any signs of dampness around your home.
Thankfully, re-sealing a leaking shower can be done quickly and easily when you have the right products.
First clean any mould from the bathroom tiles with Selleys Rapid Mould Killer and dry the area thoroughly.
- Remove any old silicone with a blade and any silicone residue with Selleys Silicone Remover. This ingenious product makes removing old silicone easy.
- Ensure you tape both sides of the gap before applying the product. This ensures a neat finish and makes it easier to clean up.
- Once clean and dry, apply Selleys Wet Area Silicone and allow 72 hours to cure before using the shower. If you need the job done faster Selleys Wet Area Speed Seal will cure in just 2 hours.
- Apply Wet Area Silicone in the joints between walls and the floor. Also around the drain and in between any gaps on the shower floor. Don’t forget to seal around taps and showerhead fittings. Take care to seal any cracked tiles that can cause leaks.
Re-sealing your leaking shower is easy to do and prevents serious damage to your home. With Selleys products, re-sealing a shower is quick and easy and will save you the cost of re-tiling your bathroom.