About your Shower Pan
Tile showers have a waterproof barrier under them that catch any water that seeps through the tile flooring and redirects it down the drain. The shower pan is a flexible, waterproof material that is placed on the sub-floor, under your shower, and is brought up the side walls of the shower to a point slightly above the top of the curb of the shower. To prevent leaking, no cuts are made in the shower pan as it is folded up the wall. A hole is cut where the pan joins the drain assembly.
If your shower is leaking it could be due to a leak in the shower door or missing grout on the wall or on the curb of the shower. These minor issues can often be handled by adjusting the door or replacing the missing grout.
However, the most common problem is the actual shower pan or vinyl liner leaking because it has a hole in it. This typically occurs when it was first installed because the vinyl liner was improperly installed, or cut too short, or because a loose nail from the drywall installer may have gotten stepped on and punctured the vinyl liner before the mud was installed over the vinyl liner.
Since this water could drain out into the sub-flooring and cause mold and water damage, it is important to get the problem checked out right away and not wait.
In our experience, the best solution to a leaky shower pan is a replacement. Since the leak is beneath the tile and cannot be seen or located, attempts to repair the leak by injecting material through the tile is imprecise at best and could result in failure to fix the problem. Since continued leaking from the shower can result in water stains or rotten subfloors or floor joists, it is important to do the job right. And the proper solution is a shower pan replacement.
Home Inspectors and Realtors Choose Triangle Tile & Granite, Inc.
Many home inspectors recommend Triangle Tile & Granite, Inc. as the experts to repair shower pans. Home inspectors are trained to always go under the house and inspect the wood structure below the shower. When they see evidence of a leak they take pictures as evidence of the damage and include this in their report to the realtor. The home inspector or seller’s realtor then recommend the best way to fix the problem.
Triangle Tile & Granite, Inc. is proud to be a top choice among many of the home inspectors and realty agents in the Raleigh and greater Triangle area.