A leaky shower is a potentially drastic problem for any homeowner and requires prompt and efficient action to limit the spread of water and damage caused. The first step is to identify the signs of a leak, then undertake professional shower leak detection, and then finally repair the problem. At My Shower, we are Perth’s experts in shower leak detection and repairs. From years and years of experience, we have become leaders in resolving and repairing troublesome leaks. Let’s take a look at what is involved in detecting a shower leak in your bathroom.
Why is My Shower Leaking?
When it comes to a leaking shower, there are many possibilities as to where the leak is coming from.
It could be
- cracked grout
- the water proofing membrane
- the shower screen
- the cold water supply
- the hot water supply
- a leaking spindle
- the breech pipework (a leak between the spindles and the rose)
- the waste pipe
- an incorrectly installed shower base
In some cases, the leak may not even be from the shower. It could be from a nearby toilet or any number of things. To find the exact cause of the leak, every one of these potential issues should be thoroughly tested prior to any repair action being taken.
When Should I Have My Leaking Shower Looked at by Professionals?
Don’t wait. If you have a shower leak or are in need of shower leak detection, you need to get it looked at as soon as possible. Water is incredibly corrosive and can cause significant damage and the longer the leak is left the more damage that is going to be caused. Ignoring a shower leak can also cause hazardous mould growth, provide the ideal environment for termites to thrive and structural damage due to rotting timberwork.
What’s the First Step?
Engage My Shower to identify the cause of your leaking shower. We may need to refer you to a licenced plumber to perform a pressure test. This is where a water pressure gauge is applied to the shower head. This serves 2 purposes:
- to recognise any potential pressure drops between the shower taps and the shower rose
- to remove all water flow from the shower providing a dry environment for relevant testing
Once the pressure gauge is fitted, taps are opened all the way to simulate a real time showering process. This allows for any potential leaks in and around the tapware body and spindles (or cartridge in the case of a mixer tap) to be identified.
Should the external plumbing appear in good condition, it’s time to look at the grouting, tiles and waterproofing membrane. If any cracks are located in the tiling or grout this should be referred to a professional shower leak repair company to expertly restore the shower to look and operate as new.
What if the Grouting and Waterproof Membrane are in Good Condition?
The shower leak detection process then becomes slightly more difficult. The next step is to check for any leaks in the drainage waste pipe work. If there is still no leak identified, the final step is to undertake a full leak detection process with the assistance of highly specialised machinery. It’s important to note that this step can sometimes happen a lot sooner if there is a noticeable pressure drop in your gauges upon original pressure testing.
Do I Need a Full Shower Renovation if a Leak is Detected?
Most shower leaks stem from an issue with tile grouting or waterproofing membrane. If this is the case, then you do not need to renovate your shower completely or demolish any tiles. A professional shower leak repair company will be able to use innovative technology to fix your shower without any tile removal, ensuring an effective and affordable solution that is guaranteed to last.
If you are in need of shower leak detection or shower repairs in Perth, get in touch with the team at My Shower today. A fully WA owned and operated specialised leak repair and waterproofing service, we are the leaders in providing long-lasting and cost effective solutions to leaking showers. Call us today on 1300 055 088 or contact us online for a free quote.