Search the forum,

Discuss Spontaneously shattering shower screen - why? in the Commercial and Industrial Plumbing Forum area at PlumbersForums.net

Messages
7
Can anyone explain this? I had a shower professionally istalled in my en-suite a few weeks ago, as art of a full refurb. We use the shower from time to time but not daily. I was sitting downstairs alone in the house when I heard a loud bang and went up to find the fixed glass of the shower partition had shattered. It hadnt been used at all that day. Is this a manufacturing fault? It was supposed to be toughened glass. Any other explanation. Please see the photos.View attachment 78654working at my desk in the house when I heard a loud bang and went up to find the fixed glass part of the shower partition had shattered. Supposed to have been toughened glass. It hadnt been used at all that day, and no one upstairs at the time. I can't explain it. Is this a fitting fault, or a manufacturing fault? Any other explanation. Please see the photos.View attachment 78654
 
48251DF7-60AE-414A-8188-8F15F536BD5E_1_105_c.jpeg
 
Picture not viewable.
There are quite a few reasons this can happen, I’ve known most reasons and dealt with this maybe a dozen times.

Stresses present since manufacture.

Received a blow in transit

Got knocked carrying it upstairs/into en suite.

Stress put onto glass by twisted/ poorly fitted metal profile.

Stress put onto glass by incorrectly fitted bracing arm.

Similarly by screws/plates done up without the appropriate gasket between metal/glass.

Thermal stress.

Sometimes I’ve got replacement glass foc from manufacturers but not always. Then my merchants usually get it at display rates from the rep.

I’ve been to a couple where a door exploded and I could see from the remains that the fitter had cross threaded a fitting resulting in a corner of the plate digging into the glass - so his fault.

And one where vertical wall profile had been slightly bent when it was put up- so again fitter at fault.

But usually it is not possible to determine why it happened, and unless a pretty bad error it is probably not the fitter’s fault.
 
Picture not viewable.
There are quite a few reasons this can happen, I’ve known most reasons and dealt with this maybe a dozen times.

Stresses present since manufacture.

Received a blow in transit

Got knocked carrying it upstairs/into en suite.

Stress put onto glass by twisted/ poorly fitted metal profile.

Stress put onto glass by incorrectly fitted bracing arm.

Similarly by screws/plates done up without the appropriate gasket between metal/glass.

Thermal stress.

Sometimes I’ve got replacement glass foc from manufacturers but not always. Then my merchants usually get it at display rates from the rep.

I’ve been to a couple where a door exploded and I could see from the remains that the fitter had cross threaded a fitting resulting in a corner of the plate digging into the glass - so his fault.

And one where vertical wall profile had been slightly bent when it was put up- so again fitter at fault.

But usually it is not possible to determine why it happened, and unless a pretty bad error it is probably not the fitter’s fault.
 
Thanks that is really helpfull. I will have a look at some of the things you suggested.
I became aware of spontaneously 'exploding' glass when our coffee table did this in the middle of the night.
It is a known phenomenon in the furniture world!

This web page, although verbose, does get to the bottom of why sheet glass can 'spontaneously' shatter, even when there are no external contributory factors:
 
Should be manufactures problem it’s more common than you think
 
Had one shatter in my hands. Supplier was blaming me for knocking it, but used to work with somebody who had worked producing toughened glass. He told me that it would have been the heat from my hands as the processing had left the glass overly stressed.
Supplier provided a new one foc and I fitted.

Just pleased it popped on me and not on a bairn in the shower.
 
So, tricky question for all of you professional plumbers - it was installed only 8 weeks ago, who should foot the bill for replacement?
Legally it's person you paid who is responsible to you. They'll claim from their supplier and so on up the chain.

Manufacturers sometimes offer a warranty direct to the end-user but this is in addition to your contractual and consumer rights not instead of.
 

Reply to Spontaneously shattering shower screen - why? in the Commercial and Industrial Plumbing Forum area at PlumbersForums.net

Similar plumbing topics

Hi I had to remove the glass panels from this quadrant shower cubicle and I'm struggling to get one of the screens back in place properly. The small glass panel is supposed to slide into the wall channel, and some holes in the side of the channel (inside the cubicle) should align with some...
Replies
3
Views
299
T
Please advise me. I am a disabled pensioner. I had a wet room fitted just over a year ago using a local authority grant. Builder was employed by local authority. I had no say in who carried out the work. I have called the builder out under the guarantee several times for water leaks. The shower...
Replies
0
Views
253
TheCatWhoNeedsaHotShower
T
J
    • Like
I have an Arteform shower valve in my bathroom - top lever for the main shower head, middle for the handheld hose and bottom is the thermostatic control. The hot was not getting hot enough recently so (under instructions from the manufacturer) I removed the allen key valves bottom left and right...
Replies
1
Views
334
Hi All New here and have a bit of a weird one for you! Installed a concealed shower valve on a job with a rainfall shower head, and a handheld as well. The customer specifically wanted to be able to have both the rainfall and handheld on at the same time, and the supplier i was using only...
Replies
5
Views
807
Hello everyone. Please could you give me any advice? I am a student in a building with other rooms and studios. I have a room and en-suite shower. I use have to use a friend’s shower at the moment. Since I moved in to my room the water in shower has now and then been slow to drain, or...
Replies
4
Views
943
Creating content since 2001. Untold Media.
Back
Top
AdBlock Detected

We get it, advertisements are annoying!

Sure, ad-blocking software does a great job at blocking ads, but it also blocks useful features of our website. For the best site experience please disable your AdBlocker.

I've Disabled AdBlock