Your shower is a special place. It can wash away all your responsibilities and stresses, and ease sore muscles after a long day. For the duration of that steamy dream – everything is perfect, and Heaven just might be a place on earth. Taking good care of your shower, and preserving those precious moments, is an investment that you’ll treasure.
So, if you start to notice damp patches or water leaking out onto the bathroom floor, it’s time for some shower sealing repairs.
What’s the deal with sealing?
If you have a shower leak, it can cause damage to your home – getting it fixed immediately is important. This might become a problem for the area around your shower walls in particular, where you might see water damage.
Mould and mildew can also become problems with leaky showers, which nobody wants. Other ways to notice leaking showers would be bubbling paint, watermarks on the ceiling, or damage to floors and walls.
If you have a leaking shower, you might need to re-grout and waterproof your shower with some new shower seal lining. If you’re lucky, you might just need to give your sealant a bit more attention. The sealant is the silicon lining around your shower, or around the bottom of your bath, that protects against water damage. Grout, on the other hand, stops tiles from moving around.
Bathroom Surgeon can give you a free quote for either of these activities. Having professionals carry out bathroom renovations, including sealing showers, definitely has its perks.
How do you seal a shower floor?
Shower tiles can be a bit needy – which is not always obvious, and people often ignore them until it’s too late. Shower sealing is a good way of ensuring that your shower stays happy and healthy. If it really needs some love, we would recommend some new shower sealing and regrouting your tiles to return it to tip-top condition!
Bathroom surgeon has a fantastic team of experts, who are ready to help your shower look it’s best. If you already know that you’d prefer Bathroom Surgeon to help you out, then you can give the following a read through just so you know what we’re going to need to do.
However – sometimes you might want to get your hands dirty instead! So, we’ll walk you through a step-by-step guide on how to seal showers yourself.
Step 1: Remove the old sealant
Without scratching the surface of your shower, use a sharp knife (a chisel or a Stanley knife will also work well) to slice away the most sealant you can. We recommend wearing thick safety gloves to do this.
With the little bits of sealant that remain, rub them off with a finger. You can use some white spirits to dissolve these bits as well, by dabbing some onto a cloth and using it to rub the sealant away.
Step 2: Prepare for the new sealant
Make sure to read the instructions of your sealant before you apply it – it needs to be fully cured before it comes into contact with water. Make sure there is no dust in your shower space – use a vacuum, a damp cloth, and some cleaning agent to ensure it’s spotless. Next, dry the area, as the sealant won’t stick if there is moisture.
Step 3: Gather your tools
Grab some top quality sealant that matches the look of your shower. Make sure to use one that has an anti-fungal additive and is made for bathroom purposes. A sealant application gun allows you to apply the sealant smoothly, and a sealant tool allows you to remove the sealant that you don’t need. This excess you can use paper towels to clean off the tool.
Step 4: Application
Double-check that the area is dry and dust-free. Ahead of time, ensure that the sealant tool has been set to the correct aperture size so that the sealant correctly fills the gap that it needs to. Snip the application nozzle to be the correct size (which is about 5mm), at about a 45-degree angle.
Apply the sealant from the inner corner when sealing a shower. Be gentle when applying pressure to ensure that the bead of sealant is even. Be careful about applying too much, as this might take some more effort when it comes to removing the excess.
Lastly, check that there are go gaps in your sealant. If there are, simply add a little more sealant to the area. This step is meant to make sure that your sealant is applied in such a way that there is no space for sneaky water droplets to get through.
Step 5: Smooth it out
Wipe the excess sealant off the nozzle of the applicator and put the cap back on. Smoothing the sealant can be done with the sealant tool. Place it at the point where you started applying the sealant, and apply consistent pressure whilst pulling the tool along the length of the sealant. When the excess sealant is removed, the sealant will be even. Leave it to dry for 24 hours.
What is the best sealant for showers?
At Bathroom Surgeon, we make use of the highest quality polyurethane and silicon-based shower sealants. These products, with our expertise, will ensure that any leaking is taken care of, and any future water damage is prevented.
How do you waterproof a shower?
When getting your shower sealed, you might wonder how, and where, it will take place. Does it require removing the tiles, or can it be done without removing tiles?
This depends on the leak, and whether you want a full shower renovation or simply a face-lift. Waterproofing can be completed on the shower floor or the walls.
It is also important to make sure that your shower screens are sealed and in tip-top shape to avoid any leaks!
How can I waterproof my shower without removing tiles?
Bathroom Surgeon can waterproof your shower permanently without having to remove any tiles. This is an excellent option – as removing the tiles is more costly, will take longer, and can get messy. Our advanced service makes sealing easy, and prevents leaking showers without hassle!
Why use Bathroom Surgeon?
We would recommend using professionals to aid in your shower repair. Your home, and bathroom, in particular, needs to stay in good shape and hiring an expert sealant technicians is well worth it. This is because there is no match for the highest quality work that complies with Australian standards to ensure that your shower is properly sealed.
Getting things right pays the first time. DIY may be tempting, but a weekly do-over isn’t anyone’s cup of tea. Bathroom Surgeon’s exceptional services ensure customer satisfaction. We will coordinate our sealant to the look and feel of your shower to ensure it seems like no repairs even took place! We’ll also give your shower the professional finish that a DIY job might miss.
If sealing your shower isn’t something you plan to spend your afternoon doing, give us a call! We’ll provide you with a free quote and show your shower the care it needs.
Our team has years of experience under their belts, and outstanding customer service has been our priority for the last 20 years. We’re confident in our shower sealing services, you should be too!
Contact us on 1300 65 64 33 today and let’s seal the deal!