Shower Door Gasket Replacement

What You'll Need
Screwdriver (most likely Phillips)

A shower door gasket is a convenient invention that helps keep water from leaking onto the floor during a shower. This unit has a tendency to split over time just based on general use, and thus there comes a point when you have to replace it. Luckily, this task is very simple and requires little know how on your part. Look at the following guide to see how simple it really is.

Step 1 - Find the Screws

The shower door gasket should be attached to the door by some Phillips screws. You should be able to find them along the length of the shower gasket. Once you have found them, take your screwdriver and unscrew the screws.

Step 2 - Take off the Gasket

Now that the screws are off, you should be able to gently pull the gasket right off the door. Be gentle with it. Make sure you don't lose the screws or gasket in case you need to refer back to them.

Step 3 - Apply Silicon

On the side of the gasket that faces the door, put a small bead of silicon along the gasket's mounting surface. Put one side of the gasket right up against the door. Slide it so that the holes align with the holes in the new gasket with the holes for the screws.

Step 4 - Screw in the Gasket

Take the screws and affix the new gasket to the door. Screw everything in a bit loose at first and then tighten once you know it all fits together. Then you can go back and secure everything firmly.

Step 5 - Let the Silicon Dry

To make sure that the new shower door gasket fully adheres to the surface, allow the silicon to dry for at least two hours. Some brands require additional drying time, so be sure to check the package for additional references.

Other Shower Maintenance Tips

Aside from keeping up with your gasket, there are an array of things you can do to fix your shower door assembly as a whole. By simply keeping it clean, you can reduce a lot of the issues that come from soap scum buildup. Use window cleaner to wipe off the glass periodically. You may also think about taking a towel and wiping down the door every time you get out of the shower. The surface will be wet then and wiping it down should eliminate a lot of the buildup over time.

If you notice leaks coming from joints in the door, use a razor to scrape off the old caulk and then reapply a new bead of it. Wipe it off with your finger and make sure it thoroughly covers the crack. If the crack is too large, you may have a leveling issue. That may require the installation of a new door, which again is not hard to do. Try to repair before you replace.