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How to Seal A Shower

Leaky shower wall joints can cause unpleasant odor and excessive dampness in the bathroom. Too much moisture in the bathroom can also promote mildew and mould growths. That is why sealing your shower is important to prevent these water and moisture-related problems.

Caulks are usually applied on shower wall joints and shower trays to prevent excessive moisture and lessen foul odor in the bathroom. However, caulks or sealants would eventually deteriorate after some time. Likewise, improper application of the sealant during installation can also cause bathroom-related issues.

While re-sealing a shower wall joint or tray can be a loathsome task, someone has to do the job. However, you should know that this task is not really hard at all and requires simple steps to follow.

With that, here are some tips you can follow to seal your shower:
1. Check whether the caulk around your shower wall joints has either pulled away or formed cracks. These two issues can cause water to seep through the wall that can cause the above bathroom problems.

2. If the caulk has pulled away or cracks have formed, get a putty knife to remove the caulk. Caulks are usually made of silicone or latex. Between the two, the former is softer and comes off easily. On the other hand, the latter needs to be softened first before removal. Caulk-softening agents can be bought in hardware stores.

3. When the old caulk has been removed, buy a replacement caulk to re-seal the shower wall joints. Latex caulk is easier to use and clean, but silicone caulk is more stable than latex. You may also need a caulk gun depending on the caulk brand you will use.

4. Before applying the new caulk, clean the exposed shower wall joint area first using a cloth with turpentine. Make sure to remove the traces of the old caulk and wipe the joint dry.

5. Using a strip of tape, cover the wall and the glass screen when you apply the new caulk. Ensure that you won’t cover the shower wall joint itself.

6. Using a knife, cut the caulk tube tip at 45-degree angle to break the seal of the tube. Then, press a small amount of caulk along the shower wall joints and smoothen it using a moist finger. Remove the excess caulk using an old rag soaked in soapy water.

7. Remove the tape as soon as you are done applying the caulk. Leave the caulk to set in for about 72 hours.

Shower Seal
Another shower-related problem you may encounter is a leaky shower. Leaky showers can cause water wastage. In effect, it can also cause moisture in the bathroom that result to mold and mildew formation. The use of sealant is also applicable here, along with the following steps to repair your leaky shower:

1. If possible, turn off the entire water controls before starting to fix your shower.

2. Next, remove the showerhead. If it’s hard to remove, use a wrench to turn it. Check for a worn plastic washer or rubber O-rings. If there is such, buy a new one.

3. Clean the showerhead using 3 cups of water and 3 cups of vinegar, then soak it in the mixture for up to 30 minutes before scrubbing and rinsing it.

4. Using Teflon tape, wrap it around the end of the pipe before putting the showerhead back. Test for any more leaks.

What our happy customers say about us:

  • What an Excellent result – I have new looking shower again. Still can’t believe you were able to colour match the existing the grout on the walls. – Looks brand new. Thank you so much

    Client Sarah Stanhope Gardens
  • It was a pleasure dealing with Simon of Elite Showers. Thoroughly professional from quote to completion and no surprises approach to job. We undertook a full renovation to our bath and couldn’t be happier with the result – from quality of workmanship to time to completion and staying on budget – highly recommend Elite.

    Client Shilpa
  • Hi.
    I’m just writing to compliment the workmanship on the work carried out to our shower. Such a beautiful looking job on my shower. Barry was very clear and explained to me what the service involved, and then did the job with no fuss. It looks beautiful …

    Client Fiona Warriewood
  • From the initial call out and the efficient quoting process, to the high quality work, Barry and Melissa were a pleasure to deal with. We are very happy with the service and highly recommend them.

    Client Robert and Julijana
  • Thank you very much for a great job if you ever need a reference please have the customer contact me. Amazing is all I can say

    Client Richard Hoskins Rooty Hill
  • I had a look at the finished job today and it looks great. He has really made an effort to blend things in with the rest of the bathroom.
    He was very helpful with his follow up on questions and queries and sending me images of tile etc
    I have to say I have been very impressed with the service you guys provide…your speedy attention to detail, organisation and of course the job itself.
    You are very prompt and efficient in your replies either by email or phone
    I would have no hesitation in choosing / recommending Elite for any future jobs.

    Kind Regards

    Client Patrick
  • Hi Barry,

    Thanks for doing such an amazing job on our shower. You can imagine my dismay when I realised my shower was leaking so close to Christmas. Barry and his team were so helpful and were able to accommodate us urgently prior to Christmas. They were completely professional, even removing their shoes when walking through the house. They were quick, efficient and the difference in my showers was immense. We really appreciated the pride that they took in completing the job properly and neatly. We would have no hesitation in recommending them or using them again ourselves. Their customer service was exemplary, their workmanship spectacular and were always prompt and professional.

    Thanks so much to the team at Elite Shower Repairs.

    Client Phil & Belinda The Ponds
  • I would like to thank you for the wonderful job you did with my shower today it looks amazing.
    I will be surely telling everyone about your awesome business.
    Kind regards

    Client Narelle O'Kell
  • Hi Mel and Barry
    I just wanted to say thank you to you and Barry for the terrific job done on my showers.
    They look great. Very happy.

    Warm regards

    Client Wendy Sullivan
  • Elite Shower Repairs provided such a great service that was efficient and done professionally. Barry the Technician was prompt and able to do a same day quote and booked in just a few days later. It made the shower look brand new! Would recommend Elite Shower Repairs to anyone requiring this kind of service. From a happy customer!

    Client Cecilienne-Mae Rooty Hill
  • Definitely recommend Barry Thompson a great worker. After 7 years of my parents verandah leaking they changed the face of their house from blue to white due to the concrete staining. I asked Barry to come around and look at it, it was fixed within a few hours my parents are extremely happy

    Client Sarah Barlow Stanhope Gardens
  • We have a really old bathroom and after the service was carried out I was so impressed, it was like a new shower again. Barry was on time and very polite. I felt very comfortable with leaving him in the house while I went to work. The whole experience with Elite Shower Repairs was nothing but positive.

    Client Greg Penrith
  • Wow Barry was awesome. He turned a bad job into an amazing showpiece. Recommend him to anyone. Thanks for not only a good job. But being a nice person.

    Client John Moussa St Ives

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