Household leaks are more than a nuisance. They’re the source of much water waste as well.
In fact, the EPA released some interesting facts on household leaksduring the annual “Fix a Leak Week” (yes, that’s a real thing), including these sobering statistics:
- The average household’s leaks can account for more than 10,000 gallons of water wasted every year, or the amount of water needed to wash 270 loads of laundry.
- Household leaks can waste more than 1 trillion gallons annually nationwide. That’s equal to the annual household water use of more than 11 million homes.
- Ten percent of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons or more per day.
Then, of course, you have the costs associated with repairs, not to mention the annoyance factor that unexpected plumbing, construction, and demolition can bring to a house full of busy adults, kids, and pets.
While many reasons for household leaks exist, such as old pipes or faulty gaskets, today we’re here to talk about some of the culprits responsible for leaky showers. These culprits include low-quality material, improperly installed material, and material that fails over time due to everyday use. Here are some examples of what we mean.
Unfortunately, some contractors take shortcuts when constructing showers. Hey, if they can save a buck here, save a buck there, what’s the harm? The problem is that the cost savings can end up hurting the homeowner in the end. For example, using drywall behind tile might be cheaper than tile-backer board, but the problem with drywall is that it’s an absorbent material and will swell. Yeah, that’s not a good thing.
Improperly installed material.
This is self-explanatory, since we’ve probably all encountered shoddy workmanship at some point and can understand the headaches it brings with it. For example, if someone did a poor job sealing or caulking your shower, then that could cause big problems in the future.
Material that fails over time due to everyday use.
Tile is a popular shower material, but even quality tile can degrade over time. Perhaps not the tile itself, but grouting is famous for cracking (and tile has been known to crack as well), which can lead to leaks as well as the growth of mildew and mold.
So what’s one material that can combat these pesky culprits we just described? Solid surface.
- Solid surface is a non-porous material so it won’t absorb water and, thus, potentially leak it.
- Solid surface shower panels are seamless. This means no grouting or sealing, so you won’t have to worry about cracks or problems with shoddy material and installation.
- Solid surface bases are strong, sturdy, and made using the same non-porous material we described above. Leaky shower bases often result in expensive disasters since those leaks usually affect whatever is beneath the shower (like the ceiling of the room downstairs).
Yes, you can take many steps to help prevent leaks in your home, and choosing the right shower material is just one of them. But it’s a BIG one, don’t you think? So don’t skimp, and don’t let your contractor skimp either.