Seal and Grout deterioration is the issue? Seal and Grout replacement is the solution!
Having a leak in the shower or in the bathroom, causes the customers the most stress. In fact, just the thought to remove the tiles in the shower floor and walls, can be really stressful knowing the cost involved in such a situation. Queensland Shower Restoration. offer a non-obligation free inspection, to help customers make the right decision.
In 95% of cases, after an accurate inspection we are able to determine the cause of the leak. Our experts get to the conclusion, that grout and seal deterioration in Brisbane houses and units, are the main problem. In this case we explain to our valuable customers that there is no need to remove tiles to fix a leak. Seal and grout replacement are the answer and cost-effective solution.
But is not that easy!!!!
Let’s try to fully understand the issue. Taking the simple and the common case, a standard shower recess
We have tree main component if we want to drop things in the basics.
Internal structure or all what is behind the visible tiles, carpentry structure, sheeting FC, waterproofing membrane.
External component, or what effectively we see .so tiles in the walls and floor in some cases a fibber glass base in the floor, the grout lines, the silicon seal in the junctions
The plumbing installation, pipes behind the walls and the visible component mixer and shower head etc.
2 The steps to put together the puzzle
Obviously when we have an issue with a leak, the first step is to find if we have a plumbing leak. So we need to test all plumbing installation. To find out if there is any issue with the pipes behind the walls, this operation in same cases is relatively simple. It’s enough a perform a pressure test to determine the nature of the leak.In other cases we need to use some sophisticated tools, as leak detector thermal camera, to be able to see with relative certitude the source of the leak. Once we are sure that the problem is not related to a plumbing malfunction or an inadequate installation, then we can focus in the rest of the structure. A shower recess is nothing else than a box, with joint – if we want to make it simple-so the weak part of the structure is:
- The walls junctions
- The floor and wall junctions
- The gap between tiles or the grout lines!
- 3 The way to fix the lea
Tiles are made from ceramic or porcelain, so are sealed by definition !!Except when we have to do with, loose or cracked tiles. So as you can see water can easily travel between the cracks!! But let’s take the easy scenario in consideration. Solid structure, no movement in the house, no plumbing malfunction, no issue with the plumbing gear. so, the perfect situation. Every things healthy and solid – which not always the case unfortunately – in this scenario we can do nothing, rather than point the weak part of the construction. the joints, the seal status and the grout lines.
Deteriorated seal, we know that silicon cannot last for ever. and even when we adopt for some new technologies like Epoxy, we know that epoxy cannot be installed where we have a movement issue. as this last not enough flexible to follow the movement, without cracking. The silicon in this case is more suitable. However, the epoxy seal is more efficient with solid structure, and last longer. So, sealing the floor perimeter, and the walls junction, is the first step to stop a leak
We are at the halfway. because we need to replace the grout lines, responsible in 50% of all leaking issue. also, in this case we can make a choice between an epoxy-based grout, or a cement-based grout. As explaining above all depends on the degree of earth or base movement of our houses. which is far beyond our control for now.