Over 90% of showers in Australia have porous grout joints. Porous grout joints allow water to pass below the tiled surface area, allowing the tiling adhesive to calcify, in return damaging the waterproofing membrane.
Why do showers leak?As buildings move over time, walls move, and floors shift, causing hairline cracks between the tiled surface areas. These cracks are the beginning of most shower leaks.
Additionally, rough brushes and harsh cleaning chemicals that we often use to get rid of dirt and mould can weaken grout and sealants. Meanwhile, other causes include damaged waterproofing membranes (or those not installed), cracked tiles, pipes leaking behind the wall, problems with the drainage system.
The signs to watch out for.
Warped walls, buckling floors, stains, mould, and a musty smell are all signs that you have a problem at hand.
While it's tempting to fix the issue yourself, it's crucial that you invest in quality shower repairs from professionals who can tackle the job immediately. Often, underlying issues or extended problems require significant testing – something our experts are effectively qualified in.
Additionally, it's easy to make mistakes when doing your own leaking shower repairs. For example, putting silicone on both sides of the screen may sound like a good idea, but it can actually cause the water to run back into the tray. For this reason, we always highly recommend enlisting the help of a professional who understands all facets of the issue at hand.
Why you need an expert in shower leak detection.
Depending on the damage and the quality of the products you use, DIY solutions can work, but only temporarily. Regular maintenance will prevent issues from occurring again and increase the wet area's integrity overall.
Apart from the visible signs of a leak, there may also be other issues you cannot spot – such as problems behind tiles or taps. In these cases, you'll require a professional to remove the tiles, replace the waterproofing membrane, and then complete the retiling process. At Aqua Leak Detection, we use cutting-edge, world-class methods and equipment which allow us to find even the smallest, hard to find leaks. We then provide you with most cost-effective solutions that are long-lasting and able to support your budgets.
How to get started.
We understand that you may not know what direction to head in to keep your property free from leaks and threats. Contact our local Melbourne specialists for a transparent discussion on how we can best meet your needs.