Updated: Aug 12
A flawed shower or bathtub leading to a leaky ceiling is something every homeowner fears, but how does it actually happen? Is there something that was missed during installation that your bathroom remodeler may have missed? There are many reasons that could lead to a leaking shower, and in this blog, Premium Design LLC would like to share a few of those reasons.
The first reason, and often times most dangerous, is a faulty shower installation. One indicator of a faulty shower installation is the custom shower pan. If your bathroom has a custom shower pan, and there are cracks in your grout lines, this could indicate a systematic issue that may result in a need for an entire shower remodel. However, the crack in the grout, and the leak present, may have started before your shower pan had time to show visible damage. Often times, bathroom contractors install the shower pan incorrectly or don’t flood test the installation, resulting in a major risk to the homeowner.
For example, the figures above demonstrates a project Premium Design LLC was called in to address. Of course, a leaky shower pan is not always the root cause, there are a variety of different factors. It is very important to have your local bathroom contractor assess the situation and determine that it isn’t anything more than a plumbing leak in the drain.
With all that said, how can you prevent your shower from leaking in the future? A simple yet important preventive measure is having a flood test done on your shower pan during the waterproofing process. It is as simple as plugging the shower drain and filling it up with water, but can save you a fortune in the future. We recommend that a bathroom remodeler does the waterproofing portion of the shower since it requires an experienced installer.
All in all, there are a variety of different reasons that can contribute to a leaking shower or bathtub. If you are concerned or question your preventive measures, give Premium Design LLC or your local bathroom remodeler a call today for a thorough test and walk through. Our team specializes in custom tile installation, as well as bathroom and tile repair – visit our website or give us a call today to learn more!