Common Problems Your Glass Shower Doors Might Encounter

Your shower doors may be one part of your bathroom that you give very little thought on a normal basis. Yet, there are some problems that these doors can experience. When your shower doors encounter some common problems, you will want to understand the underlying issue so that you can protect your door from these problems.

Failing Seals

There are specially designed seals around the edges of your shower door. These seals are designed to stop water from being able to leak out through the gaps between the door and the rest of the shower frame. If these seals become too brittle or start to pull away from the door, they will no longer be able to stop water from leaking out. This can create a slipping hazard as well as causing water damage to your bathroom. Fortunately, replacing the compromised seals is a simple task that should only take a few minutes of your time. To remove the old seal, you should use a screwdriver to gently pry it off. Before you put the new seal in place, thoroughly scrub the surface to remove as much of the previous adhesive as possible. After you have applied the new seal, you should wait at least several hours before using the shower to give the adhesive time to dry.


Cracks in the glass of the shower door can be a serious problem. Regardless of the cause of these cracks, they are likely to spread as time progresses. In some instances, it may be possible to patch the crack with a glass repair resin. However, if the crack is large, extremely deep or wide, this may not be an option. Rather, the entire door will need to be replaced. While you may not want to spend the money on this work, it should be a fairly high priority. Otherwise, you may face the risk of the glass shattering when you open or close the shower door.


Discoloration of the glass is a common issue for those that are not fastidious when it comes to cleaning their shower doors. Once soap scum and mildew become established, they can be extremely difficult to remove from the glass. Luckily, you may be able to help loosen these substances by wiping the glass with a sponge soaked in white vinegar. After several minutes, the vinegar will have helped to loosen these substances so that they can be more easily removed. While this will make the bathroom briefly smell like vinegar, the ceiling ventilation fan will be able to quickly remove this odor once you have rinsed the door.

Contact a residential shower service for more help.