Shower bases are designed to withstand regular use. However, even the best materials eventually succumb to wear and tear. Today’s post from EZ Baths discusses shower base issues that warrant a shower base replacement.
Leaks don’t automatically mean your shower pan is damaged. In some cases, leaks indicate that the silicone caulking around the base of your shower door might be cracked. However, shower base leaks should be taken seriously. One foolproof way to check whether your shower pan is indeed leaking is to check your floor joists. Major leaks are usually visible since they spread outwards and tend to soak the corresponding areas like the walls on an adjacent room or through the floor below.
If you spot any leaks in the aforementioned areas, contact any of your local shower remodel contractors for a shower base replacement.
Your shower base should not budge. Any movement is a sign of improper installation, especially in the case of plastic shower bases. At any rate, shower base movement can result in cracks and broken seals around your plumbing.
It’s highly advisable to replace your shower base once the first signs of cracks appear. While seasonal movement is normal and shower base joints are caulked to accommodate movement and retain waterproof capabilities, cracks across the base are serious problems. Hairline cracks on concrete bases are not a cause for concern, but anything bigger than those should be checked. On the other hand, hairline cracks on plastic shower bases prompt immediate replacement.
Up and down movements indicate that the base itself or the floor below has succumbed to water damage. It’s best to enlist the help of a professional to assess which area is affected. In any case, you would need a shower base replacement in the presence of deflection.
EZ Baths are the experts when it comes to shower bases. We also specialize in shower doors installation and other bath-related fixtures and components. Call us today at (510) 473-8350. We serve Fremont, CA, and other areas in California.