Asked on Mar 29, 2020

Keep water from running down wall on floor when showering

OlivaCarrie @ Curly Crafty MomJohnavallance82


The boys shower, the water runs down the seam of the tub and shower and it wets the floor, how can I fix that, I tried the shower panel that is installed from wall to tub but there's a gap so it does no good, water still gets on the floor

12 answers
  • Gk
    on Mar 29, 2020

    Did you use clear bathroom caulking in the seams of your surround? If there is water getting on the floor it could be the way you installed the panel.

    • Audrey
      on Mar 29, 2020

      This is the panel that came in the shower, I used clear caulking,

  • Annie
    on Mar 29, 2020

    The outside seam? Are they pulling the shower curtain far enough so the tub is fully contained?

    • Annie
      on Mar 30, 2020

      Audrey, your showerhead is that fixed or can you adjust the head so it sprays closer to the inside wall of the shower? Just swivel the head and have the boys leave it like that when they shower

  • William
    on Mar 29, 2020

    You need to caulk the seam/gap. it seals the the seam and creates a water stress break to prevent the water from traveling.

  • Beth
    on Mar 29, 2020

    Can you add a shower curtain if you don't have one already? You can use a tension rod if you don't have a shower rod installed. As a stopgap, try putting an extra towel on the floor or having them take baths until you get it fixed.

  • William
    on Mar 29, 2020

    Is the shower curtain liner on the inside of the tub and being pulled all the way to close any gaps.

  • Zard Pocleeb
    on Mar 29, 2020

    Is it possible to post a couple of pictures to show exactly what you’re dealing with?

  • Maura White
    on Mar 29, 2020

    Make sure the shower curtain is wrapped all the way around the back of the shower

  • Betsy
    on Mar 29, 2020

    Hi Audrey: You just may need to re-caulk the seams. It's pretty easy and the caulk comes in a tube. Clean and dry the area. Remove any old strips of caulk. Use Painters Tape to make a guide to ensure a clean bead. Use long strips of tape to mask off the surface on either side of the line where you’ll be applying your bead of caulk. Once the gap is full, wet your finger and wipe along the line to remove the excess caulk and create a smooth, rounded bead. Peel off the painter’s tape while the caulk is still wet. If the humidity is average in your home, you should be able to shower the next day. If it's dry out, then wait 3 days for the caulk to cure. Important: Before purchasing caulk for your project, double-check the label to make sure that the product has been designated for use in kitchens and baths. These formulas contain special inhibitors that protect against mold and mildew—a quality that’s certainly necessary when you set out to caulk a shower.

    Here's a site that should help:

    Good luck

  • Can you get some caulk in that space? Make sure that area is completely dry first or the caulk will fail.

  • Johnavallance82
    on Apr 2, 2020

    Hello Audrey,

    Redirecting the shower heads might help!!

  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom
    on Apr 4, 2020

    Could you drape a shower liner or something over that spot for the time being? Maybe see if a contractor or someone could adjust it or fix it up tighter.

  • Oliva
    on Apr 4, 2020

    Hi, Audrey,

    Is it possible that the tub was not installed correctly and is therefore compounding the problem by making water run toward outside edges? I had that problem, and had to resort to dampening front wall edge above tub to insure fabric shower liner would cling to wall, top to where tub met.

    It was also necessary to place a weighted plastic bottle on top of tub at the front outer corner, to hold shower liner in place, creating a valley/waterfall effect to get water redirected into tub.

    As an added measure, I place several hand towels on the floor where water was escaping (I know, it sounds like a job for Weather Tech car liners...😩.

    Worse yet, shower head was causing water to strike rear wall, so it was necessary to have a very wide liner (with magnets) which could be drawn across part of rear of tub area and attach to the tub, to preclude water escaping out the back!

    I sympathize with your dilemma!

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