How to Stop Custom Glass Showers from Leaking

Custom glass showers are key components to many modern bathroom renovations.  They’re part of a smart redesign because they help prevent water from your shower area leaking into other your bathroom’s dry zone. (That includes your toilet and vanity.)

But glass bathtub enclosures and shower doors too often do leak water. This can make for a dangerous mess should any of your family slip and fall. Not to mention it encourages mildew and mould growth.

What Causes Shower Door Water Leaks? (Common Causes)

Your shower door can leak for many reasons, such as:

  • Ineffective caulking
  • Improperly installed or broken shower door sweeps or seals
  • Clogged drain holes
  • Unslanted shower curbs

How to Create a Leak-Free Shower Space

Cleaning up water on your bathroom floor after every shower is no fun. Beyond the build-up of mould and mildew, failure to maintain your bathroom and protect it against moisture can cause damage to your flooring or other parts. That means fixing the leakage before it’s too late is important. So, how do you fix a shower door from leaking? 

  1. Provide a Gentle Slope: To prevent water from spilling over into your bathroom, create a gentle slope towards the drain. This slope will guide the running water towards the drain and allow it to drain properly. The ideal slope is ¼ inch to ⅛ inch per foot.Note: If you don’t arrange for sufficient slope in your shower, water will accumulate. This will eventually result in clogging, which can cause stagnant water problems or even flooding. It may also result in dampness due to water penetrating into the floor slab and walls. 
  2. Install a Drain: Next, install a drain with an easy-to-access drain trap. This will help drain the running water more easily. It will also prevent harmful sewer gases from entering your home.
  3. Construct a Shower Curb: Without a proper curb, shower water won’t be contained within the bathroom area and can run everywhere. The curb creates a demarcation between your shower and the dry area of the bathroom. It should be high enough to stop water from splashing. This ranges between 4 and 6 inches. 
  4. Install a Custom Glass Shower Door: Install a custom glass shower to prevent water from spilling over into the dry zone of the bathroom. The door can be framed or frameless. Or, if you have a bathtub, install a glass bathtub enclosure to create a leak-free wet zone.
  5. Seal with a High-Quality Sealant: No matter how perfectly and securely you have installed the glass, there will be small gaps between the wall, tile and glass of your partition. These can be filled with a good quality sealant to help prevent the smallest of drips from getting through. Use a breathable, water-resistant sealant to fill gaps between the shower curb and flooring, while still allowing for expansion and contraction. Sealant is an excellent moisture barrier that protects against water seepage and condensation while also resisting mould and mildew growth. It can also effectively prevent dust from entering the space.

Shower Lagoon has installed thousands of glass shower doors and water leakage is not a concern if these easy steps are followed properly. So, build your dream shower space with us today. Our experts are just a phone call +1905-265-1476 away to help you maintain the beauty and functionality of your glass shower enclosure.