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How to Prevent Water Damage from a Leaking Shower (and Major Renovation Bills, Too)!

How to Prevent Water Damage from a Leaking Shower (and Major Renovation Bills, Too)!

Curl Curl Administration Admin Login - Friday, November 03, 2017

Water in the shower—amazing. Water in the walls, floor, ceiling, and cupboards—a nightmare. When your shower leaks, water seeps into every fibre of your home and causes major headaches and bills. If you want to fix the root of the issue, a re-membraning of the bathroom will cost a lot of money….



But what if there were an easier way?


Tiled showers are stylish, sleek, and convenient, but if you have one installed in your home, you have to pay special attention to how you waterproof it. In this blog, we will cover how a simple, affordable, and unnoticeable solution saves you time, money, and headaches compared to the old-fashioned way.


Waterproofing: How it Works and Why You Need It


Beneath the surface of your tiles lies a hidden world, one where a spongy membrane designed to prevent water from destroying your home plays the silent hero every day. This membrane absorbs water from your shower and prevents serious damage to the surrounding walls and floors below. If the membrane breaks down and is breached, there’s no stopping a flood of water from wreaking havoc on everything in its path.


Why Does This Membrane Break?


Have you been noticing:


     Mould Build-up

     Damp Ceilings or Floors

     Cracked Tiles

     Missing Grout in the Shower Seal


If so, it’s a warning sign that the waterproofing has broken. This happens for a few reasons:


     Improper Installation: If the waterproofers didn’t install it correctly or used low-grade materials, it won’t last.

     Breakdown: Chemical breakdown over time will cause the membrane to break.

     Building Movement: A building settling or naturally shifting due to heating and cooling is the leading cause of waterproofing failure.

     Leaking Pipes: Leaky pipes are a different issue but still a common cause of shower leaks and home damage. Regular preventative maintenance from plumbers is a great way to avoid the issue. If you think your pipes might be the problem, you’ll need a plumber to diagnose the situation.


The Solution


Re-membraning the bathroom would involve stripping the tiles from the floor and walls and starting all over again; a new membrane, replacement tiles, etc. The costs in time and money are not something most homeowners look forward to.


The solution, however, is simple and convenient.


An advanced hydro barrier sealant is painted or sprayed in your bathroom or laundry, forming a barrier below the surface by filling in the gaps in the membrane. The result? Instead of huge repair bills and days spent re-membraning the bathroom, you can save yourself big dollars and be using your shower again as early as the next day! The best part? There’s a 12-year guarantee!


If preventing major damage, costly repairs, and days wasted on remodelling your shower sounds like something you’d be interested, let Curl Curl Plumbing know and we can have your shower fully waterproofed and usable as early as the next day!

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