Shower Door Repairs

Shower Door Repairs

You should seldom need to do any maintenance on your shower doors apart from cleaning from time to time and tightening a screw here and there, but it is as well to understand some problems that can arise and how to deal with them.

Cleaning the glass

It’s a good idea to have a squeegee near the shower ready to clean the glass, once you have finished your shower, run the squeegee over the glass door panels to run the residual water down to the base. Doing this each time will minimise the build up of hard water stains and soap marks. At all times never use abrasive sponge pads when carrying out shower door repairs, you should always use non abrasive cleaning liquid and a sponge suitable for use on non stick pans

Sealing leaks in the joints or door base and dealing with mildew

Over time the caulk seals around the shower doors can start to wear out and perish, should you notice leaks occurring do a general check of all the caulk seals and prepare to make a replacement. The best tool for removing the old caulk is a single edge razor or a modelling knife. Be careful as you work to make sure you do not scratch or cut into the frames themselves. If by chance you do expose the inner metal take care to seal the cut with waterproof paint of the appropriate color.

Once the old caulk is removed give the shower doors a thorough clean with a suitable bathroom cleaner, ideally select one that contains mildewcide. If you don’ have that to hand you can use a 50/50 water bleach combination allowing it about 20 minutes to work effectively, you may need to repeat the process if the build up of mildew is quite sever. Once completed make sure you carry out a thorough rinse.

Once you have checked that the surfaces are completely dry, load the caulking tube into the applicator cut off just enough of the nose, at an angle, to apply the caulk effectively. Start re caulking on the outside of the seal. Ensure to caulk with a steady movement action to avoid holes being left or air bubbles appearing. Leave the inside of the shower doors free of caulk as this will allow any water running down the doors to flow easily to the shower drain, ensure that you release the caulk applicator in time to avoid having an excess of caulk at the end of your sealing run. Finally, smooth the caulk with a wet fingertip to make sure the seal is smooth and attractive.

Handles and rails

Handles and towel rails can break or be damaged from time to time, take care when ordering spare parts for shower door repairs that you select the right measurements. When the replacement parts arrive you will need to fit the handles or rails correctly, fit external handles from inside the shower compartment  and internal handles or rails from outside, it may be advisable to ask someone to help you by holding the part in place as you fix it into position.

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