Shower Pans Repaired without Removal

Your shower pan leak can be diagnosed without the use of a hammer. Plumbers and contractors are notorious for wanting to sell you a new shower

I have repaired and fixed many 100's of leaking shower pans, loose ceramic tile issues, cultured marble problems, marble problems, shower door issues, and all all sorts of grout related issues. Yes, shower pans can be repaired without removing the shower pan despite what you've been told. Why go through the expense of a shower pan replacement especially if you are handy?

I'm an expert at diagnosing Leaky Shower Pans
through the use of pictures and a phone consultation
Shower Pan Repair was my specialty for over 25+ years.

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Leaky Shower? Moldy, Missing Caulking or Grout?
My Time Proven Method of Repairing a Shower Pan Leak is 99% Effective Without Removing or Replacing the Shower Pan and Tiles

Signs of a Shower Pan Problem
Moldy or missing grout
Space between the floor & wall tile
Wet Sheetrock outside the shower
Water leaking into a room below
Water leaking into an adjacent room
Damp or wet carpet
Discolored linoleum next to the shower
Paint bubble on the ceiling below

Consultation/Evaluation of your Leaking Shower Problem
Comprehensive Phone Consultation

For a nominal fee of $35.00 payable via PayPal, we'll set up the best time to talk about diagnosing your leaky shower pan problem.
You will be required to pay first and then upload your pictures via your digital camera to: 

I'll need pictures of the following:

1- Where the tile wall meets the floor and where walls meet on each side
2- Drain area, Floor area, Outside the shower looking inward.
3- All the right angles on the lower corners, including the step (curb) area
4- Any cracked grout lines on the floor tile that are away from the sides of the wall. Look closely to see if you have any thick white (calcium deposits) buildup that extrudes from the grout lines usually from the drain outward.
5- Any area that appears to be bulging, separating either on the walls or floor, or anything that just doesn't look right.
10-20 pictures usually does the trick.

With your purchase you'll receive a copy of "Testing For a Leaky Shower Pan Fact Sheet" in MS WORD format via a download link.

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Testing For a Leaky Shower Pan Fact Sheet  (without using a hammer)
My method of determining a leaky shower is slightly different than what plumbers will tell you. Everyone will overlook #7. Almost all leaking problems can be solved without a destroying the shower. #8 shows how you can confirm the leak by actually stopping it, without spending money.

Topics covered:

  1. Checking for cracked or missing grout
  2. Visually checking the faucets for plumbing We sell problems
  3. Physically testing the faucets for leaks
  4. Checking for loose floor tile
  5. Checking for movement between the wall and the floor tile
  6. Testing the drain for leaks
  7. Checking a particular area that 99% of all plumbers never check or will mislead you into thinking you need a new drain
  8. Confirming the leak by applying a very simple temporary way to stop it

This Fact sheet may be ordered by clicking on the PayPal button below. This document is FREE with every paid Evaluation/Consultation. Once ordered you will be given a download link within 24 hours via email. This document will be in MS WORD format. Cost is $5.00

Leaky Shower Pan Repair   

I've worked over 25 years to develop a unique and effective method of repair that seals out water from the exposed shower floor seams that spares the expense of replacing our shower pan. Utilizing a time tested method I can now guide you on how to get to the core of your leaking shower problem without destroying your shower.  

Without removing or damaging the tiles I used to inject a high strength resin combined with silicone 2 to 3 inches into the floor joints with the aid of specialized tools. The injected resin binds to the underside of the wall tile (wall tiles usually go below the floor 1" to 3 inches) and to the concrete below the floor tile, sealing the pan area and preventing water from penetrating the floor and/or wall joints. A similar procedure is used where tiles meet at right angles, corners where tile walls join together, door track seams, doorstep seams, and any other area that needs attention.   

As a standard procedure, I cleaned or replaced the floor grout and wall tiles where it was needed. The epoxy's strength far exceeds that of grout or caulking with a zero amount of water absorption. The water that is in the concrete below the tile floor will dry on its own within a 3-8 month period.

Lucky for you I have developed an easier homeowner version that doesn't require the use of epoxy. although You most likely you'll still need a certain mount of time to let your shower dry out. Unfortunately, due to severe Fibromyalgia/CFS I was forced to retire prematurely. On a good note I made the repair process easier for any handy homeowner by developing a different a system that eliminates the use of epoxy. 

Repair or Replace the Shower Pan?
Click above to read my opinion

Shower Pan Repair Kit

 These kits are designed for the  home owner or contractor. Supplied is enough epoxy to repair
your shower stall.


Shower Pan Installation

Why Do Shower Pans Leak?

  1. Separation between the wall and floor tiles causes the concrete under the floor tiles to become saturated with water, rotting older pans and forcing water to leak out
  2. Grout missing around the drain.
  3. A poorly constructed pan that has no pre-slope to the drain before it is put in place. Usually the weep holes to the drain are clogged.
  4. Loose floor tiles inside the shower.
  5. Inside the upper portion of the drainpipe, excessive hair in the drain can cause water to backup into certain parts of the drain. Water flows through where the drain sandwiches the pan and gives the appearance as if the pipe were leaking.
  6. Similar to #5 (without the hair.) The pan disintegrates where the drain sandwiches the pan due to excessive water buildup in the concrete under the tile floor. It's also possible on newer showers that the pan is not properly adhered where the drain sandwiches the pan.
  7. If the shower walls are constructed out of Sheetrock or concrete backer board, and the floor is built with traditional wire lath and cement, a setup like this usually cannot handle the stress of movement. Joints will crack and water will saturate the concrete under the tile floor.
  8. Normal building movement, even the vibration of opening and closing doors can cause cracking problems.

Dremel Alternative Carbide Grout Removal Bits

During my years of repairing tile problems every so often I'd come across a bathtub/shower that would have a large gap between the tile and the tub. In the example below the gap was over 1" in spots. What you are viewing below is how I replaced the messed up gap with silicone perfectly flush with the tile. The tile itself was also installed over plaster and several rows on 2 of the walls needed to be replaced. This was a nightmare of a repair and the worst part about it is that it was a rental condo I owned in NYC. All the tile grout was removed using my 3/32" grout removal bits and then replaced. Plaster has to be the worst material ever to repair problem tiles. Eventually I got around to ripping out the floor mosaics and replacing them with decent floor tile. Click on the picture to see closeups.

Leakyshower.com (801) 897-1929
  Las Vegas, NV