A Rubber Seal Can Protect Your Shower
When we walk into the bathroom, the last thing on our minds is how everything works together in a synergistic way to keep us safe from high moisture content and water damage that is ever present the moment that you turn on the tap. Most of are only focusing on getting in and out and quite rightly so. For it would be a very rare person who enters the shower considering all of the little details that go together to keep the water inside of the shower stall and not splashing all over your bathroom. This isn’t a normal consideration, but one that professional bath remodelers and installation experts always pay close attention to whenever they are tackling a job.
Of course, there are three major components of your shower that all work together to ensure that any water you use stays exactly where it’s supposed to. Each of them plays an essential role in the process of keeping water out and it’s critical that you understand exactly what the systems are, how they impact your ability to keep water exactly where it’s intended to be, and what you need to do to ensure that they are operating at peak efficiency.
A Plumbers Paradise
Before we get to the other two components, you need to ensure that your plumbing is up to scratch and 100% reliable. The delivery system that brings the water into your shower from the water tank located in your attic is the first item to check as any leaks, cracks, or damage can drastically reduce the effectiveness of your shower and open up a whole new can of worms if water is leaking behinds the scenes. Such leakage can go unnoticed for months if not years by which time the worst damage is already done.
The real issue here is that almost all plumbing solutions are behind the walls or boxed in, creating an invisible issue that may not be detectable by the naked eye. It’s important that you always look for any tell-tale signs of water damage that is attacking your home, starting where you know plumbing pipes are running. If you are really in a bind as to whether or not water is collecting from a leak in your plumbing, check the ceiling of the floor below – any water damage here is a sure sign that you are dealing with a much larger issue.
Of Tiles and Seals
It’s obvious that the walls in your shower are covered with a much different material then the rest of your bathroom, and is a very good reason for this. Whether you’ve chosen to go with a synthetic solution like vinyl, a natural solution like stone or tile, or some hybrid of the two, simple plasterboard just isn’t going to cut it!
However, the performance of your tiling is only as good as the sealants themselves and you should check to ensure that there are no cracks, damages, or other obvious signs of wear and tear anywhere on the walls of your shower, or in the sealant around the edge of the bath. Also look for any pooling of water in the corners as well which may need special attention or perhaps even extra sealant to ensure nothing gets through.
The Rubber Shower Seal
The final detail that you need to take care of is the rubber seal along the bottom of your shower screen, as this component keeps all of the water from running out of your shower door and onto the floor, walls, or other bathroom spaces. Often people ignore this essential part of the shower on a regular basis, however as regular readers will know this is a vital part of your bathrooms defence against water. Understand that the right shower screen rubber seal is just as important as any of the other waterproof components in your bathroom, and needs to be treated as such, and be properly cleaned and maintained on a regular basis.