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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
  • Great communication and service. Highly recommended.

    Client Izz Fran
  • 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
  • My Bathroom and Balcony were just recently sealed. Not only were the jobs done and completed to perfection. Both areas were left clean and tidy. Barry respected my home. (taking shoes off on carpet) Barry also did extra bits like unblocking a pipe that he noticed was blocked to assist with water retention.
    It’s not often you find good trustworthy tradesman – who take pride in their work and go the extra mile. I was also able to leave him in my home while I took my kids to Sport. I would highly recommend Elite Shower Repairs.

    Client Julie Fenton Stanhope Gardens
  • 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
  • The service provided by Elite Shower Repairs was exceptional. From the phone call to the onsite quoting to completing the job, the staff and tech were professional and helpful. Tech thoroughly explained the procedure and repairs needed in our shower. We no longer have any leaks and our shower looks fantastic! I will be highly recommending to family and friends. Thanks again for the fast prompt service.

    Client Eryn Pepyat
  • Thankyou so much for the amazing work you’ve done for me and being so accommodating with time.
    I’ve always believed that great Customer Service is more important than the work itself but to get both at the high level you have provided is a first for me and I highly recommend you, your passion for what you do and your exceptional work. Thankyou

    Client Leanne Cash
  • I love my new shower. Its gone from being old and mouldy to looking new again. What a fantastic job. The service was explained in detail and Barry turned up on time, which is rare these days. I was most impressed with the cleanliness of the bathroom after job completed. No dust or mess to clean up. Thank you again

    Client Nicole Westmead
  • Great customer service and technicians attention to detail and work ethic was absolutely outstanding

    Client Kellie Weyman
  • We are all pretty quick to complain when something goes wrong. When something goes right we want to tell you about Elite Shower repairs who repaired the faulty leaking grout and resealed around the bath and basins today. We are so pleased with Barry’s professionalism and highly recommend him. Thanks again for a great job.

    Client Vicki Crampton Kellyville
  • Outstanding Service So pleased with the service provided to our shower. While we had a few other companies inspect, we chose Elite Shower Repairs as from the 1st phone call to the job being quoted, Staff was friendly and unlike others, I was asked many questions to ensure we saved money and didn’t get quoted for things that didn’t need doing. We were over the moon with the prompt efficient service. Once job was completed the bathroom was left spotless and shower looks new again. Thank you Elite.

    Client Icicle YT
  • I highly recommend Elite Shower Repairs. There was no “I’ll be there sometime between 9 and 2,” Barry and Simon the tiler organised a specific times, worked around my schedule, and showed up when they said they were going to.  They were both efficient, detailed, professional, friendly, and told me exactly what they would be doing each day (my shower was not a simple one).  Best of all though, they did a fantastic job, and went above and beyond to find me tiles that matched the rest of my bathroom floor.  Now my shower doesn’t leak, and the water flows into the drain instead of pooling in the corner like it used to.  Thank you for saving my shower!!

    Client Sheri Thomson
  • Thanks again Barry. My wife was most impressed with your quality of work. Highly recommended. Cheers John

    Client John Strathfeild

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