Frameless shower doors add a touch of exquisite to your bathroom. Despite being made of glass, they look elegant and do a pretty good job as a door. However, no matter how careful you may use your doors, they go through normal wear and tear with everyday use.
The common problems you may encounter in your frameless shower doors can be divided into two types of repairs. They are repairs which you can do at home by yourself and problems that need a professional’s help.
It all depends on the extent of damage incurred, and how well adept you may be at performing repairs at home. Here are a few common problems that may occur with your doors and its appropriate solutions.
DIY frameless shower door repairs
There are two types of repairs you can perform on your door, if it sticks and if it doesn’t stay closed.
1. Glass shower doors that stick
If you notice that your shower door seems to be sticking, the culprit is usually a loose screw or built-up soap scum. The first thing you should do to repair this is to look out for loose screws on the hinges that need tightening.
You just have to tighten the loose screws to have your door back to normal. You may as well tighten all the screws while at it because prevention is always better than cure.
If there are no loose screws, then built up scum is the culprit. This means it’s time for some deep cleaning where you have to do more than a rubbing down with a damp cloth.
Start by spraying your frameless shower door with a homemade solution. Make it by mixing some lemon water or vinegar with dish detergent, and wipe your door down with it.
Once this is done, wipe your shower down with a Magic Eraser sponge. The final part of the cleaning process involves scrubbing the entire door. You may need to use a toothbrush or a paint scraper to reach the more troublesome spots. Your door should move freely, and not stick once you are done.
2. The shower door doesn’t stay closed
The reason for frameless shower doors not closing is usually loose screws. It’s better to check the hinges, handles and latches for loose screws and tighten them with a screwdriver if you find any. In case this doesn’t work, then try to clean the hinge area. You can do this by either scrubbing it clean or by brushing it with vinegar.
Frameless shower door repairs best left to professionals
It is better to call the professionals to repair your door if you notice that the door is dragging, has scratches or if there is a leak.
1. A dragging shower door
This is a common problem with sliding shower doors. The problem is usually because the shower door needs realignment, and the clamps need to be adjusted. It once again usually occurs because of water buildup or debris.
You may think that this is a repair job you will be able to do on your own. However, it’s not advisable because you don’t just clean the door. You also need to take the frameless shower door out of the track. This is something that is better left to professionals.
2. Scratches on the shower door
Scratches on shower doors are inevitable with everyday use. They do look easy to fix but are better left to the professionals. This is because glass repair technicians know how to best take care of it. They either buff out the scratch or fill in any defects.
3. Leaking frameless shower door
If you notice that your shower door is leaking, then it’s usually because of some problems with the seals around the edges. It’s better to hire a glass repair technician to take care of it than doing it on your own. They do a better and safer job at eliminating the leak.
So remember, frameless glass doors are great for your bathroom. It’s just that they too undergo wear and tear with time. However, this doesn’t imply that the problems can’t be taken care of. Most problems just need some cleaning up and screws tightened. Anything else will be taken care of your glass repair technician.