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As a landlord or property owner? The easiest way to fix a cracked shower tray is by applying epoxy or polyester. This will prevent leaks or drips, particularly when the crack is at the bottom of your shower tray. If the crack is not fixed immediately, it can result in leaks. Leaks can cause a myriad of issues, like mildew or property damage. The good news is that it is easy to fix a cracked shower tray.

In this blog, we will discuss how to fix a cracked shower tray. Keep on reading to channel your DIY skills to good use and prevent extensive damage to your property.

 

 Fix a Cracked Shower Tray

 

What is a shower tray?

The shower tray is an important part of your shower enclosure since it channels the flow of water to your floor drain in a bathroom. This simply means that it holds water and waste and diverts it down the drain, keeping your bathroom floor free of water.

Shower trays exist in a lot of sizes and shapes to match the aesthetics of any-sized bathroom. Most people recommend rectangular or square shapes because they facilitate efficient water flow in an even manner in every part of the shower. They also work properly with any shower system. Even though the circular shapes are more space-saving, they are oddly shaped and hard to properly fit.

You can also find shower trays in a diverse variety of materials, from natural materials like wood or stone to synthetic materials like fibreglass and acrylic.

 

Easy Way to Fix a Cracked Shower Tray

As we have mentioned earlier, your shower trays can get cracked through regular use, improper installation, impact damage, age-induced deterioration, the use of harsh chemicals, etc.

Tools you need to fix a cracked shower tray:

  • Mild cleaning solution
  • Epoxy paste that matches the colour of your bathtub
  • Fine-grit sandpaper

Here are the steps you can use to fix a cracked shower tray:

 

1. Tidy the Shower Tray

Before anything else, you have to inspect the crack properly. To do that, you have to get rid of the marks or stains. This can be done easily by scrubbing your shower tray.

For this to happen, you need to access the shower enclosure to do a proper cleanup. You have to get the area tidied up with your cleaning solution to fix the issue. Ensure that the tray is fully dry and moisture-free before trying to repair the crack.

 

2. Inspect the crack

Is the crack caused by the heavy impact of an object you may have dropped in the shower? You can fix this without any problem.

You can fill up minor surface cracks and fissures with a quick patch fix. You can easily fill up or repair these cracks by yourself without hassle.

However, large cracks or a group of minor cracks may be a result of problems with your shower base. It may not be properly supported, or you might need to carry out a full replacement for it.

 

3. Apply a Patch

Once you have seen that the crack is minor, the next step is to start the actual repair.

Create a smooth surface by sanding down the crack and the space around it. Then wipe the dust away. This ensures the patch and epoxy stick firmly.

After ensuring the area is dust-free, you can start the application of a fibreglass mesh patch to the crack area.

Ensure that before applying the patch to the crack, you check if it is the right fit and cut away any surplus.

 

4. Prepare and Apply the Filler

The quickest way to ensure you are equipped with the right tools to rectify a cracked shower tray is to purchase a repair kit.

You can buy them from any hardware store. They will have whatever is necessary to fill a crack. The repair kit will consist of a filler and tray.

These can be found at most DIY stores or even Amazon and will contain everything you need to fill in a crack, including the filler itself and a tray to mix it in.

Next, clothe yourself in the safety gear and properly mix the resin. Spread dust sheets or old newspapers in the work area to prevent spills. This helps ensure a clean surface.

After the filler is ready, you have to quickly set it in the crack or hole. Apply the filler generously around the size and depth of the crack.

After this, let the filler dry for four to five hours, or throughout the night if necessary.

 

5. Finishing Up

Once you have applied the filler, use sandpaper to clear away the extra material. Get rid of the dust and set a finishing polish to the area you have worked on so it maintains a similar appearance as the shower tray.

Ensure the finishing polish dries for a minimum of 24 hours before making use of the shower enclosure.

Once you have identified that the problem is complex and isn’t just a minor crack, or if you wish to carry out a replacement of your shower tray, get in touch with a qualified plumber.

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