The floor tiles inside your bathroom’s shower stall aren’t completely waterproof. In some cases, water might seep into the floor tile and grout. That’s why bathroom remodeling contractors install a shower pan underneath your shower floor. In the event that water manages to infiltrate your shower, the shower pan diverts the water to the drain.
What if the shower pan is damaged? How can you tell if it suffered cracks? And how do you fix a shower pan?
The Warning Signs of a Cracked Shower Pan
Some of the warning signs are:
- Leaks in the lower floors
- Mold or missing grout near the base of the shower
- Gaps in the areas where the floor and walls meet
- Flexing shower pan underfoot
If you see any of these signs or anything unusual in your bathroom, in general, it’d be a good idea to have a professional contractor from one of your local bathroom remodeling companies inspect your bathroom.
What’s Causing These Cracks in Your Shower Pan?
Excessive movement is the usual culprit behind a damaged shower pan. Certain kinds of shower pans, such as those made from lightweight plastic, are more likely to be dislodged or shifted a bit than those made from heavier materials such as concrete. Installation errors and natural wear and tear are other possible causes. To avoid installation errors, only qualified remodelers should handle your bathroom renovation.
Why Short-Term Fixes Won’t Work
A contractor could try repairing the grout, applying masonry sealer, or replacing the pan liner. These fixes might work in the short term. But there’s no guarantee the said issues won’t come back, especially if your shower pan suffered extensive damage. The only way to keep these issues from reemerging is to replace the shower pan. To learn more about your repair options, consult a bathroom contractor.