Shower door problems may pop up, especially if you have had your frameless glass shower doors for some time. Below are two problems you may be facing and how to repair them.
If your glass shower doors are leaking and they are not very old, contact the manufacturer before you do anything, as they may still be under warranty. If they are not under warranty, you may be able to repair the problem in a few minutes. All you need is 100 percent clear silicone caulking and you are ready to go. It is important that you purchase this type of caulking because it is water and mold resistant.
First, look at the hinges for any built-up lime scale and soap scum. If you see this, the shower door may not be able to make a tight seal when it is closed. Use a bathroom cleaner that is suitable for glass shower doors to clean the hinges. Follow the directions on the cleaner for how to properly use it. Turn the water on to see if the leak is fixed. If not, it may be a problem with the silicone.
Turn on the shower and close the shower door. Feel along the edge of the shower door to see where the moisture is coming from. Mark each spot with a piece of masking tape. You should also feel along the bottom of the shower door for any wet areas. When you are finished, turn the water off. Look at the silicone in the areas that you marked. It will likely be worn or have cracks. Use a utility knife to remove the silicone caulking and apply the new caulking. Follow the label directions on the new caulking for how to apply it. Repeat this process for each area that you marked. Make sure the caulking is completely dry before you use your shower. This may take up to 24 hours.
Chips or Scratches
Show glass is typically durable, but it can still get chipped or scratched. If this happens, you may be able to have the chip or scratch repaired instead of purchasing a brand-new door. Because you are working with glass, you should hire a professional to do this for you.
The professional glass company will likely try to fill in the chip or scrape or use a buffer to buff it out. They will have to use special grinding power tools to buff it out or a special type of chemical to fill the crack in. When they are finished repairing your shower door, you will not be able to notice there was ever a scratch or crack there.
If the crack is large or you have a large chip, the company will likely suggest you replace the door. This is because the glass door could eventually shatter, possibly causing injury to you and your family. Contact a glass repair service like Griggs & Son Glass & Mirror to schedule an inspection.
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