Your bathroom is considered to be a wet area in your home. This being that it is under constant pressure from water droplets, moisture, and damp. As such, it relies heavily on pre-installed systems by your chosen waterproofing contractor during the construction of your home. Unfortunately, where the installation is not done right, or where significant time has passed, such waterproofing systems will start to fail.
In this article, we take a look at these 2 instances in order to understand what shower leak issues can arise in your home.
Issues from poor installation
A poorly mounted liner can likewise let water leakage via. As water traverses the mortar bed, it eventually settles on the liner where it heads toward the additional drain. If there are any holes in the liner or the seams are poorly joined, water can leak through and enter into the wood substrate triggering rot, mold, and other issues connected to water damage.
This concern can appear years after a shower is installed and is often very hard to discover.
A sure fire way of evaluating a shower floor to see if it leaks is to place a drain stop in the shower drain and fill up the pan up with water to the level of where the wall surface begins. If the water sits for 10 hours without a leakage appearing underneath the shower or the ceiling underneath, it is most likely that the liner is undamaged and is shielding your home from water damage.
Issues that appear over time
With time and in cases where the shower is regularly used, deterioration start to show in the grout and caulk which do deteriorate. Grout ought to be resealed every few years to preserve the cohesion of the shower.
Where products break down, mold invariably starts to grow and penetrates the mortar bed where it thrives in a location where both water and organic substance are plentiful (the 2 things mold and mildew needs to expand).
When the homeowner heads to brush the shower floor, oftentimes they can not rub out the mold or if it goes away, it returns promptly as the origin can never be gotten to. This is similar to yanking weeds and only getting the top and not the roots– the issue grows right back.
An additional problem called efflorescence can take place if the weep holes to the second drain are blocked (normally from inappropriate setup.
If water cannot drain via the mortar bed, it accumulates. As it attempts to vaporize, the water leaves behind mineral deposits on the grout lines that appear like stalagmites or miniature hills and are crystalline in nature.
This is mainly a cosmetic problem yet suggests improper building and can lead to the sluggish destruction of the mortar bed.