15 February 2007
Sorry for this incredibly boring DIY-related post, but here’s a quick piece of valuable advice for anyone who’s having problems with a leaking bath or shower because the seal between the bath or shower tray and the wall isn’t doing its job. Try using Evo-Stik Serious Stuff All Purpose Sealant (definitely available from B&Q put probably also available at other good DIY stores too).
I’ve tried three or four different sealants, including something by Polycell which claimed to be flexible and waterproof. After applying the sealant, it was obvious that it was neither flexible nor waterproof; whenever water made contact, it started to dissolve allowed water to leak through into the kitchen. So far, none have lasted more than one or two days – except for Evo-Stik Serious Stuff All Purpose Sealant.
Evo-Stik Serious Stuff All Purpose Sealant is so serious that it comes in a mean-looking black cartridge rather than one of those pathetic white ones. It laughs in the face of water – even when you’re trying to wash it off your hands – and has managed to keep our kitchen dry for days and is showing no signs of dissolving or cracking... yet!
Sorted. Job’s a good ’un!
Update: 18 February 2007 (21:51)
I’ve now updated the image and changed all occurrences of Evo-Stik Serious Stuff to say Evo-Stik Serious Stuff All Purpose Sealant. I wouldn’t want anyone to think that I was suggesting you should glue your bath to the wall using Evo-Stik Serious Stuff Adhesive!
However I still have my suspicions that you are just a cowboy.
Here are my tips for successful sealing:
Clean all the surfaces really well. I don't mean a half hearted wipe around with the flannel. I mean REALLY clean and finish with a wipe of white spirit.
Fill the bath up with water. VERY important. This means that when you next step into the bath your weight doesn't stretch the new sealant to breaking point.
Make sure your edges are totally dry. If in doubt leave for a while.
Sqidge out a nice fat bead of sealant. Imeadiately follow up with your forefinger that has been moistened. Your finger is the best implement because you can feel how much pressure to put on. Have a tissue handy to keep wiping off the excess that builds up on your finger. Try to do it in one neat pass - the more you fiddle the messier end result you get.
Now, the most important part:
DO NOT use the bath or shower for at least 36 hours. Leave it full of water while the sealant sets. I don't care what it says on the product bottle. Have your bath round at a mates - it will be worth it.
Happy days, and no leaks.