How Do You Stop Water From Splashing in a Walk-In Shower?
While walk-in showers are gorgeous and trending in bathroom designs, there’s one shared question that homeowners have when it comes to managing these fixtures: “How do you stop water from splashing and leaking out onto the bathroom floor?” This concern is very common, especially if you aren’t familiar with the unique design of curbless or barrier-free shower stalls. These systems are already crafted to contain water, thanks to their sloped floor/base, which directs water into the drain. If, however, despite this design you’ve been in an endless battle with your shower and splashes, there are other ways for you to contain the water! Here are some of the best ways to prevent water from splashing out of your walk-in shower system:
Consider Adding Shower Doors
While the appeal of “doorless” walk-in showers is valid for many reasons, this open design might be the cause of your splashing issues. Why? Most doorless showers require a decent amount of space for them to contain water. If your shower is too small, water will likely seep out despite a sloped base. The compact design of smaller showers will also make it easier for splashed water to escape or bounce off the walls of the system, creating a slippery mess. Installing a glass shower door is a great way to prevent this from occurring in small walk-in showers. Plus, the transparent door won’t take away from the aesthetic of the curbless design.
Trench Drain Systems Can Help
And there are a few answers to this question. For starters, most low- and no-threshold showers have a shower pan that is slightly pitched toward the drain so that gravity will work its magic and simply pull the water down the drain so that it doesn’t flow out onto the floor. Other walk-in showers have what is called a trench drain along the entrance. A trench drain is a long, recessed trough covered with a grate that acts as a negative threshold. Rather than holding water in like a traditional threshold would, a trench drain delineates a point past which the water cannot run.
Install a Shower Splash Guard
Even with pitched shower pans and trench drains, sometimes you just can’t stop water from splashing in a walk-in shower. That’s why there are shower accessories such as corner splash guards and weighted shower curtains. Splash guards are small, triangular-shaped rubber fins that are placed along the corners where the shower wall meets the floor. They’re typically glued in place or attached with self-adhesive strips and can stop water from leaking out the corners of the shower. Weighted shower curtains have magnets sewn along the bottom edge that helps keep them in place so that water can’t seep out from underneath. Another common alternative to a shower curtain is a shower door, which can help stop water from splashing out onto your bathroom floor while showering.
Install a Shower Pan With a Threshold
Lastly, if you have a curbless, walk-in shower at your home and you just can’t seem to stop water from splashing out onto the bathroom floor, you can contact BathWraps and have a new shower pan with a threshold installed. Or, if you’d prefer, we can replace your shower with a luxurious soaker tub to help you wash away the pent-up stress from all those years of splashing water—the choice is yours. With BathWraps, almost anything is possible.
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