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Will Re-Grouting My Shower Stop It from Leaking?

Showers are constantly deluged by water, steam and condensation and to prevent this moisture from penetrating below the surface and causing damage to your home, it is imperative the space has been correctly waterproofed. At My Shower, we are the leaking shower repair service Perth locals rely on for cost-effective, long-lasting shower leak repairs. Sometimes in new builds and renovations, the vital step of waterproofing is either done incorrectly or not at all, leaving many homeowners in need of inconvenient and costly repairs from a leaking shower. We are often asked if re-grouting the shower will stop the leak, read on to find out the answer.

Understanding Standard Grout

A composite of water, cement, sand and a colour tint, grout fills the spaces between tiles and hardens over time. Grout offers great stability in wet conditions, however, it is a porous material so it is not entirely waterproof. It is rigidity also makes it susceptible to cracking or splitting due to building movement. If your grout is visibly cracked or crumbling, it’s likely that it will let water seep behind your tiles. Even if your grout does not appear to be damaged, it could still be a source of a leak.

Should I Re-Grout My Shower to Stop a Leak?

If your shower is leaking, grout replacement may be a suggested fix. However, the extent to which it will stop the water also depends on the exact source of leak. Showers can leak due to a wide range of reasons, some of these include tiling issues such as:

  • Poorly grouted tiles
  • Pin holes in the grout
  • Internal corners and bottom row of tiles not grouted with silicone
  • Tiles not correctly bedded into adhesive
  • Cracked or chipped tiles

Or plumbing and building issues, such as:

  • Leaking pipework behind the wall
  • No puddle flange installed under the floor grate
  • Incorrect or missing waterproofing membrane

For clear defects in the tiled shower surface, grout replacement will usually rectify your water leak. However, re-grouting a shower that is leaking due to a missing puddle flange or other building or structural issue, probably would not make a difference.

What Should I Do if I Have a Leaking Shower?

Before you run down to your local hardware store and start a DIY grout replacement job, you should call in My Shower to check for the source of your leaking shower. If it is deemed that the leak is due to cracked, worn or missing grout, you can then engage the service of a professional shower leak repair company. Using a combination of innovative products, tools and techniques, your shower will be repaired and sealed with a 100% waterproof seal without removing any tiles and within just a few hours.

Grout Replacement for Your Perth Shower

By using Epoxy grout, which is resin and not concrete based, My Shower’s leak repair service achieves a superior watertight seal that is guaranteed to last. Bring your shower back to life without the need for costly and inconvenient renovations. Providing a permanent solution for your peace of mind, get in touch with us today for a free quote. Call 1300 055 088 or get a quote online now.