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Shower Seal broken, needs replacement

Discussion in 'Repairs & Maintenance' started by Kael, 19th Jun, 2015.

  1. Kael

    Kael Well-Known Member

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    I recently had a new tenant move into one of my IP's who informed us about the shower leaking through the bottom of the seal on the door. My property manager arranged for a quote from a company and they've quoted $850 for a "Supply & install new Silver aluminium shower screen".

    Obviously I'll get another two quotes but has anyone ever had a similar situation? Was it around this much?
     
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    How big is the leak?
    Why can't you use bathroom silicone and a chalk gun?
     
  3. Azazel

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    I would get another couple of quotes, see what they come up with.
     
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    Yup, that's what I was thinking. Thanks.

    That's what I initially thought they'd do. But the tradesman said it wasn't possible. Maybe they're just having me on.
     
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    Some of them will take what they can get away with. Out of your hands if it's through the PM. It's good when you find your own good ones.
     
  6. rhinsor

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    Request some photos of this leak so you can judge for yourself.
     
  7. Kael

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    I know of the issue because I used to live in the property; however, that was over a year ago, it could have gotten worse. When I lived in the property, it was only a bit of water on the bathroom floor. I think the tenant was just covering himself in the incoming condition report when he moved in.

    Yeah, I've heard horrible stories of people paying for work that wasn't even needed :/
     
  8. Be Developer

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    You will most likely won't need a new shower screen.

    You may need to:

    Dismental existing shower screen
    Scrap all existing seals
    Use epoxy and wet sealers on a base of showe screen
    Re install shower screen

    It will take any handyman about 2 hours..

    While he is at it

    Apply coat of product called "shower plug" on all wet area in bathroom.. Surface need to be dry for 2 days prior to application.. And a day after application.


    It will save you lot of money and time.
     
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  9. Kael

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    Thanks so much! So I should just ask for a handyman to quote on this work? You're a lifesaver!
     
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    @Kael,

    yes. explain the issue to handyman in detail.

    If property is in Sydney, feel free to PM me and i will put you thru right person.
     
  11. Kael

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    Thanks mate! I'll PM you.
     
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    I wouldn't use chalk on the shower, it'll wash off.
     
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    Chalk is too powdery.
     
  14. rhinsor

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    Its called a chalk gun, i dont suggest using chalk
     
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    I lurve the voice of authority.



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    Bunnings Linky but what would I know?
     
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    Actually it is called a caulk gun. :)
     
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    I think the PM will look for the easiest solution and long term solution. I had the same about a shower screen door and the first quote came to change the whole shower screen. and the cost was around 1K. it ended up with couple of more screws and the shower screen is perfect. Ask for a repair quote not a replacement quote.
     
  18. Kael

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    That's the thing, the tenant has reported the issue and my PM has sent a property maintenance company out to have a look. The company has stated that it "cannot be resealed" and requires a new aluminium shower screen door. I've heard of situations before where companies would much rather replace something then repair it, as it is worth more money to them.
     
  19. MRTLR1000

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    dont risk that problem. Get a plumber to perform a leak test to confirm that its leaking from the seal. if you dont and you just silicon, and then down the track it shows you have a leak from grouting or the waterproof membrane, there could be further decay to the timber studs etc, you cant claim on your insurance as it was not addressed at the start. A plumber will perform a leak test and spray test to confirm it. Once you have confirmed it, then take the necessary steps. is it tiled wall and floor?, or tiled wall and poly carbonate base? You can use a mob called http://www.detectaleak.com.au. id rather pay $250 for a leak test to confirm than rely on a handyman or tenant. Building background, see a few people say that, silicon does nothing as its leaking from somewhere else, and it only appears that its from the seal as water will flow to the lowest place.
     
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    Well, showers often leak from the floor/base, screen may do nothing !

    You could also get one of the many people who work in shower repairs alone.