Written by Dale Richardson - Updated: June 23, 2023
Stay Updated with Expert Tips!
Love our DIY guides and solutions for common household problems? Get expert advice, tips, and exclusive offers in our newsletter. From garden hacks to home maintenance and special deals, we've got it all. Join our growing community now!
If you've ever had a floor-to-ceiling shower screen, you know how slick they look. Not only do they look great in the room, but they work so much better than those cloth covers. That's not to bash on the cloth shower screens (everyone's gotta start somewhere, right?), but they are clearly the superior solution. That is, until they stop working. A shower screen that's leaking is a pain - but don't worry, we've got you covered. Keep reading to see what to do to get it sorted.
The most common causes of a shower screen leaking are old or bad caulking, faulty or damaged door sweeps, an old or busted shower seal, bad tracks, or clogged drains.
Let's break that down a bit more, yeah?
Read Next: How to seal a shower screen.
There are a few things that could go wrong and cause a shower screen leak. Luckily, none of them is a hard fix - they just take a little bit of time and the proper supplies. Buckle in, because we've got a (small) project up ahead.
There are four likely causes, so let's get right into how to spot them and what to do once you have located them.
Just like all things in life, caulking has a lifespan. When that time has reached its end, it'll start to fail - warping, cracking, and discolouration are the clearest signs. And if you notice an actual gap , that's likely your best bet for the source of the leak. While it's likely that your leak is coming from the caulked bottom section, it's worth it to just redo the caulking across the whole shower screen.
It won't take very long, and it'll prevent the same issue from popping up in the near future.
This is a (thankfully) very easy fix. Not only is it pretty clear when caulking is failing, but it just takes a caulking gun, some caulk, and a few minutes. Here's what to do:
READ NEXT: How to fix a cracked shower tray.
The next most likely source of your leak (especially if it's along the bottom of the shower, rather than the side) is the seal. Otherwise known as the door sweep, these little rubber guides/seals keep the bottom of the screen flush and sealed against the floor. This (in theory) stops water from making its way through.
Unfortunately (again) these have a lifespan and are prone to failure. The constant back-and-forth of hot and cold water can cause the rubber or plastic sweep to warp, crack, and disconnect. Luckily, it's a pretty quick fix. Here's what to do:
This is the hardest solution, though it's still not difficult . It's just harder than removing and attaching a small piece of rubber or plastic. This shouldn't take too long, so let's just hop right in - it'll be clear if your shower tracks are the problem, as they'll be wobbly and not that well attached.
Here's what to do to fix bad tracks:
Now onto what is arguably the most likely issue - a clogged drain. While you likely would have noticed that it's clogged pretty fast, the best way to tell is to run the shower. If it takes a while to drain or the water near the drain looks dirty, this is the reason. To fix this, you'll need boiled water, baking soda, and some white vinegar. A shower plunger will help with truly difficult clogs, but it's unlikely you have one that bad.
Here's what to do:
Resolving a leaking shower screen is a simple task. Whether it's a faulty seal, caulking, sliding track, or a clogged drain, all of the fixes are pretty simple. If caulking, be sure to replace all of the caulking in the shower, rather than just a small spot. You don't want to have to come back and do this again in a few months somewhere else. Beyond that, each of these fixes is incredibly straightforward and surprisingly cheap (thankfully).
Now go enjoy your shower without having to worry about a leak or water damage!
One More Thing Before You Go!
Craving more DIY insights? Don't miss our expert guides and exclusive deals. Subscribe now and get the best of home and garden tips straight to your inbox. Join our community and stay in the know!
Get Cashback Faster & Earn Free Fraffle Tickets
Shop at your favourite stores and enjoy cashback in days, not months. Plus, sign up today to get 5x Free Fraffle tickets!