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Old 08-05-2013, 12:35 PM   #1
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Shower leak

I've read countless times do not caulk the bottom seam in the shower, but I feel I have no choice but to do so.



As you can see I've already siliconed the bottom rivets which did not help. The water is seeping out from under the trim here when the shower is used.



I've checked behind the valves and no leaking there. The ONLY time it seeps water is then I spray water at the lower part of the shower. I'll give it a shot, if it doesn't work I'll peel the silicon up. I've got a fan on the shower now and give it a day to dry up, then I'll run a bead of silicon there and see if it stopped the leaking.
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Old 08-05-2013, 10:00 PM   #2
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FWIW, the shower in our Rockwood is caulking around the inside and outside of the base and has never been an issue.

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Old 08-05-2013, 10:27 PM   #3
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FWIW, the shower in our Rockwood is caulking around the inside and outside of the base and has never been an issue.
Ditto - ours is caulked all along the base too. No leaks. Interestingly, the sealing on the upper edges of the shower panels is a combination of caulk and silicon - caulk on one panel and silicon on the other. Things that make you go hmmm...
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Very thin bead on the vertical corners of mine None anywhere else and no leaks. Also not rivets. Is it possible it is behind the shower?
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Old 08-06-2013, 05:54 AM   #5
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We sealed ours fully with caulk and still leaked after some investigation found the drain extension was to short and never correctly hooked up even after our "warrantee" repair. $2 part from lowes helped us.
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I experienced the same as the original poster. I went to Lowe's and bought a couple tubes of silicone. After everything dried up, I put a thick bead around the bottom of the shower.....

No more leaks
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Are you real sure that is where the leak is from? You might use a hand sprayer with colored water, hopefully you can trace the leak path.

As an aside note, you need to get an Oxygenics shower head & replace that one in your 1st picture.
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Old 08-06-2013, 05:29 PM   #8
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We sealed ours fully with caulk and still leaked after some investigation found the drain extension was to short and never correctly hooked up even after our "warrantee" repair. $2 part from lowes helped us.

I was able to get under the shower enough to see the drain line, so I know it's not coming through there.

Seeing several folks sealing the bottom makes me feel better about doing it. Still haven't got to it yet, but will report how it turns out.

I went in this order using water, just letting in run in the pan for 5 minutes, making sure it was not the drain, then moving up just above the bottom of the side wall for 5 minutes. That's when it started seeping, so I'm pretty confident that's where it's coming from.
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Just curious...are you getting water pooling on that lip where the shower pan and the surround meet (2nd picture)?

I had a similar problem with my Sabre. I was convinced that the leak was coming from the area where the wall and shower pan meet as you note in your picture 1 above. I caulked that seam and still had a leak.

Turned out my leak was coming from an area around the shower door and was traveling underneath the aluminum trim holding the glass and exiting towards the back wall just as you show. I caulked that area and it has slowed the problem, although it still exists slightly. I added more caulk and am waiting for the next trip to see if I have the problem corrected.

I'll try to snap some pictures this evening and post them if that helps.
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Pictures of shower

I took a few pictures of my shower this evening. I hope these help. My shower was not caulked at the bottom on the outside of the shower (where the magnetic strip runs and where the bottom hinge is installed). Water was running down the glass and somehow ending up flowing into these un-caulked areas and ultimately flowing towards the walls, onto the floor, and ultimately down into the living area of our Sabre. Very frustrating.

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