Project: Shower waterproofing and retiling at Mosman

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Leaking shower repairs Lower North Shore.

This leaking shower repair and waterproofing job, in the main bathroom of this original unit in Mosman on Sydney’s North Shore, resulted in an outstanding result. Importantly, it gave the elderly owners peace of mind that the problem was fixed correctly and would last for many, many years to come.  

This Mosman bathroom was in original condition and, while in reasonably good order, the shower hadn’t been waterproofed when it was built in the 1950s.  This was very common and we see it all the time.

Over time the tile grout between the wall and floor tiles had nearly entirely disintegrated, meaning water was seeping between the tiles, the concrete underfloor and wall.

The customer had previously employed a tradesperson (not Drip Dry Showers) to do some quick fixes however, this only temporarily fixed the problem and would never stand the test of time.

The customer noticed the problem was getting worse and when there was a terrible odour in the bathroom, even after extensive cleaning.  The floor and wall tiles in the shower were also lifting.

When we visited the property to do an onsite assessment, we quickly realised the only effective, long term solution was to correctly waterproof the shower floor and walls.  The owner agreed and we set to work the next day.

First, our local Mosman tiler removed (via jackhammer) all the tiles from the floor.  The wall tiles are a little easier to remove and don’t require such intense force!

After thoroughly cleaning the area, he then applied two coats of polyurethane waterproofing to the floor and walls. This provides an impenetrable waterproof barrier protecting the floor and wall substrate, even if the tile grout and silicone fails at any time in the future.

After the waterproofing polyurethane had dried completely, the tiler retiled the area. He installed a new drain, taps and shower screen.

Work completed on this project:

Signs you may have a waterproofing problem

  • Smell : If you can smell mildew then this is usually due to dampness caused by a leak and is rotting timber and wall materials.
  • Walls : Water damage can cause the wall material to swell and contract causing walls to warp.
  • Skirting boards : Swollen skirting boards are a typical sign that water is penetrating behind the wall. You may also notice skirting board paint peeling or discolouring.
  • Stains : Water damage will create visible stains on walls.
  • Bubbling paint : Moisture commonly causes paint to bubble as the water prevents the paint from adhering to the wall.
  • Tile grout : Tile grout may become crumbly and disintegrate due to constant moisture. Due to this, tiles may even start coming off the walls.
  • Doors : Water causes timber to swell and contract. You may notice doors become stuck and are harder to open and close.
  • Silicone : Silicon products used to “plug” gaps, seal joints and repair cracks are usually only a temporary fix. Deteriorating or mouldy silicone can be a sign that your shower is leaking.

For fast shower leak fixes, waterproofing and tile repairs, get in touch with our friendly team. We’re here to help 24/7.

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Drip Dry Shower Repairs and Waterproofing offers a fast, reliable and affordable service that stops leaking showers and wet area waterproofing problems in their tracks.

We are fully licensed waterproofing professionals who specialise in the repair and waterproofing of showers, baths and all wet areas around the home including bathrooms, laundries and kitchens. Additionally, we offer a complete shower restoration service that includes removing existing tiles, waterproofing and retiling the area leaving your shower looking as good as new.

In the vast majority of cases, we can fix your leaking shower without removing any tiles. This can save you hundreds, even thousands of dollars, as you don’t have to replace any tiles. It also ensures you’re back enjoying trouble-free showering quickly.

We use only quality materials and our workmanship exceeds the Australian Standard requirements.  Over the past 25+ years, we have built a solid reputation based on excellent quality and exceptional service.  In fact, we are so confident in our shower leak repairs and waterproofing services that we offer a 15 year guarantee.

We service Sydney’s Northern Beaches, North Shore and North Sydney areas, 24 hours / 7 days, and are compliant in:

  • legislation and industry requirements.
  • verified ABN and trading names with ASIC.
  • validated insurances and licences.
  • safety, environment, organisational and financial management systems.
  • Strata and Real Estate listing agencies who monitor and ensure contractors have the right safety systems, qualifications and insurances to work on your sites and projects.

For fast shower leak fixes, waterproofing and tile repairs, get in touch with our friendly team. We’re here to help 24/7.