You’ve just spotted a crack in the bottom of your shower tray – now what?
If left untreated that crack could lead to leaks. Which, in turn, could lead to far more costly issues such as mould or damage to your foundation.
Fortunately, a crack is, in most instances, a fairly simple repair that only takes a few hours to complete.
If you’re interested in repairing your shower tray yourself but are unsure of where to begin, don’t panic.
We have compiled an easy step-by-step guide that will help you get your acrylic or resin based shower tray back in working order in no time.
1. Clean the Shower Tray
First things first, you’re going to need to get a good look at that crack. In order to do that, you’ll need to remove any extra marks or stains by giving your shower a quick scrub.
You’ll need the area to be clean in order to make repairs, anyway. It’s best to get this out of the way now so you can be sure the tray is completely dry before attempting to fill the crack.
2. Survey the Crack
If the crack was the result of something being dropped in the shower, then you should be able to repair it yourself without issue.
Small superficial cracks and chips can be fixed with a simple patch job. Filling and refinishing these cracks on your own will be more than enough.
However, large cracks or a series of small cracks could be a sign that the base of your shower is not sufficiently supported or needs to be replaced.
If this is the case you should call in a professional to avoid further damage.
3. Apply a Patch
If you’ve determined the crack is superficial you can begin repairs.
Sand down the crack and immediate surrounding area and sweep away the dust. This will guarantee the patch and epoxy sticks like it should.
Once you’ve cleared away the dust you can apply a fibreglass mesh patch to the crack.
Lay the patch over the crack or hole to determine the proper size, and trim away any excess. Then apply the patch to the crack.
This step is optional depending on the size of the crack or hole.
4. Prepare and Apply the Filler
The easiest way to make sure you have all the proper resources to fix a cracked shower base is by buying a repair kit like one of these.
These can be found at most DIY stores or even Amazon and will contain everything you need to fill in a crack including the filler itself and a tray to mix it in.
While wearing the proper protection, mix the resin as directed by your kit. Be sure to lay out some newspaper or dust sheets in order to avoid spills.
Once the filler is prepared, you must immediately apply it to the hole or crack.
Cover the entire fissure and work the filler down into every crack and lay it on as thick as you feel necessary.
Don’t worry about it being uneven with the rest of the tray. You’ll take care of excess filler later.
Once the crack has been sufficiently filled, allow the filler to set for two to three hours, or overnight if possible.
5. Finishing Up
After the filler has set, use sandpaper to remove excess build-up. Sweep away the dust and apply a finishing polish so the repaired area matches the rest of your shower tray.
Allow the finishing polish to set for at least 24 hours before using the shower again.
If you’ve found that your issue is more serious than a superficial hole, or if you’ve decided that you want to replace your shower tray altogether, we’re here to help.
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Hello, my name is Dean.
Together with my business partner we own and operate Shower Enclosures UK.com Ltd.
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