Sealing Shower Bases with Silicone

Showers are extremely popular in homes around the world. These days, as people renovate and redecorate their homes, it is not unusual for them to want to completely redo the bathroom or shower area. Some people have a bath installed and want to completely rip it out and replace it with a shower. Others simply want to improve on the shower that they currently have. There are many very attractive designs in showers even models that can be installed quite easily by a do-it-yourselfer.

One of the most challenging aspects of installing a new shower is working to control water leakage and water seepage at joints and at the shower base. The modern shower comes with a variety of shower head options and differing water speeds and water pressures; some showers with extremely high water pressure.

Sealing Challenges

This poses quite a challenge when it comes to finding a way to seal the base of any shower that you are installing. To prevent water seepage and the damage that comes with that, you will need a sealant that is able to handle high water pressure and that is strong enough to endure the test of time.

Silicone shower sealants are extremely popular since they have been proven to handle the job of sealing showers very well. Silicone sealants may fall into the expensive end of the spectrum of shower sealants in your opinion, but at the end of the day, the cost of water damage to your home should your shower leak, probably is not worth the dollars that you save by using another method. Go for a sealant that you know will do the job and that will give you peace of mind.

Older Showers

If you have noticed that there is seepage in an older shower that you have in the home, there can be all sorts of reasons why this is occurring. It is important to investigate and find out what is leaking and why. Here are a few places that you can begin to look in your investigation of the problem.

In older homes the stud walls can shrink leaving cracks and gaps where leakage can occur. In addition to this, check the floor joist below the shower. These can sink due to drying and age and once they do that, the shower floor will also tend to drop as well, creating a gap where leakage can possibly occur.

Silicone Sealant

Once you have thoroughly looked for all external causes for your existing shower to be leaking and taken care of those, you can begin the task of sealing the shower base again. I recommend the use of a silicone shower sealant. Be sure to allow the sealant enough time to dry and set. Follow the instructions on the packaging of the sealant to ensure that the shower is not used before sealant has had enough time to dry.

There are a wide range of silicone sealants on the market. Check with your retailer before making a purchase to ensure that you have the right sealant for the job. In general, silicone sealants can be used to seal base of showers that are new or old.

You should be able to find it quite easily in your local home improvement, Home and Garden retailer. In addition to this, you always have the option of making shower sealant purchases online where more competitive prices can usually be found for products.

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