I used to get extremely irritated whenever I stepped out of the shower and found a wet floor. Wet floors are a slipping hazard and can cause serious injuries. Although I never slipped, I felt I had to find ways on how to stop water from running out of shower for my safety.
So I did some research and was surprised to see that many people were experiencing the same problem. Luckily, people also suggested various ways that they were able to successfully deal with the issue.
I tried some of these ways and while some worked perfectly, others did not. In this article, I am only going to talk about what worked so that you can also try.
How to stop water from running out of shower
1. Shower splash guards
Shower splash guards are plastic or glass stoppers that are installed to keep water out of the floor when running a bath or shower.
The splash guards come in two types; shower curtain splash guards and shower corner splash guards.
Shower curtain splash guards are also referred to as shower curtain splash clips. They are designed to hold the curtain firmly against the wall to prevent water from escaping through the space between the end of the curtain and the wall.
EONMIR Shower Splash Guard curtain clips are a good example and quite popular. They are very easy to install since all you need to do is peel the adhesive side, stick them to the wall and attach your curtain. When firmly attached, the water will not splash out onto the floor.
The Shower corner splash guards are triangular and are placed at the corners of a bathtub or shower against the wall and the floor/tub to stop water from escaping at the corners.
You can try these Tidee Tubb Splash guards that help to close the gap between the shower curtain and the wall; thereby, keeping water in the shower. Silicone is provided for installation and to ensure the hold firmly in place.
Another alternative is to make your own shower splash guard. However, it might be expensive and time-consuming compared to just buying a pair of splash guards from the store.
2. Collapsible shower water dam or water stopper
A collapsible shower water dam is also referred to as a shower water stopper or a collapsible rubber threshold.
It is mainly used to act as a barrier in curbless and walk-in showers so as to keep the water from spilling out.
The stopper is made from a narrow and flexible material like foam to allow it to collapse and return back to normal when stepped on so as to prevent tripping.
Its ability to collapse also allows people in wheelchairs or mobility problems to get in and out of the shower easily.
These shower water stoppers are very easy to install and there are different brands available.
This collapsible shower water dam by Duzzy store is perfect for retaining water inside the shower threshold. It comes in different sizes and it is very easy to cut to the desired length.
You can install it anywhere you need to contain water like curbless showers, sinks, and around the bathtub.
See this video on how to install a shower water dam the correct way.
3. Install a weighted shower curtain
Using a long heavy curtain on your shower door will help retain splashing water inside. In addition to keeping water inside, the curtains give you privacy.
For effective results ensure that the curtain is long enough but it should not touch the floor. If it is too long and dragging on the floor, you are risking the growth of mold and mildew on the curtain which is not good for your health.
When measuring the length of the curtain, take into consideration the way the curtain is attached to the rod when using clips or rings.
You can also make the curtain heavier by attaching magnets and weights at the bottom of the curtain.
They weigh the curtain down so that it is not blow in or out and cause water to splash out. This however works best for bathtubs.
4. Install a Linear shower drain
A linear shower drain is simply a floor drain with a linear-shaped grate on top and a trough-like channel at the bottom to contain water.
In case you don’t know what a linear shower drain is, see this SaniteModar 24-inch drain that is one of the highly-rated brands.
Installing the linear drain eliminates the need for the traditional step over that is usually used in showers so you end up with a barrier-free entrance.
However, linear drains will work best when the shower floor is slightly sloped towards the drain so that the water can drain seamlessly through them.
Most importantly, since it is a flat drain, users of different ages and those with mobility difficulties can easily access the shower even in a wheelchair.
See also: Best linear shower drain
5. Install a shower door
There is no doubt that curbless showers are aesthetically pleasing and are ideal for people with special needs.
However, one of their major drawbacks is that they do not have a curb so water tends to run out of the shower quite easily.
This issue can be rectified by installing a shower glass door to help contain water inside the shower cubicle.
6. Slope the floor to the drain
Sloping the floor of the shower to the drain is actually a plumbing code that must be adhered to.
It is also one of the simplest ways to ensure the water is directed towards the drain and hence no running out.
Note that the slope should not exceed ¼ inch per foot, otherwise the shower will not be usable by someone on a wheelchair because they will not be able to remain level.
See also: Pros and cons of linear shower drains
From the points above, it is evident that you should not be worried about how to stop water from running out of the shower because there are easy and affordable to do it.
You can use heavy shower curtains, splash guards and clips, collapsible water dam, linear shower drain, or slope the floor to direct more water towards the drain.
If one solution is not effective enough, you can combine several of them. For example, you can use the shower curtain in combination with the curtain splash guards or splash clips.