We didn’t know we were supposed to have a shower moisture barrier. There is a gap it looks like for the water to go down. Discussion Starter • #1 • Jul 3, 2012. Praise installer. A 4" tile can be used but is about the largest I would recommend. We didn’t really have The tiler came back and set it is damp grout. Thread Starter. There are multiple ways to use Dawn dish soap around the home. Notch thinset on the back of the backer board. Right in the thinset. You could try colour caulk around the drain between drain and grout but that is only temporary. Grout is much easier to clean and maintain and it will not grow quickly get mold and mildew in it like caulk can. Thread Tools Search this Thread #1 02-11-05, 08:04 PM A. AMathewsFL. I just re-grouted my shower floor because one of the grout lines on the floor was split open. Have never shown up! Around the perimeter of my basement a french drain was installed. If your shower is built the way that it should be then missing grout won’t have any effect on the shower’s waterproofing. We first remove the shower drain cover to clean out the drain. The fact that it is leaking indicates it was not properly waterproofed. Just small sections here and there. Then I put some tile wedges or spacers along the back. The bottom piece of backer board on the niche should be thinset and screwed down no matter what. Your email address will not be published. From grimy shower glass, to build-up in your sink, smutty grout and tiles, or a constantly dirty toilet, look no further than our top-rated products. Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP) is an affordable waterproof floor that looks like hardwood. Rehang in shower to dry. Thanks both for the posts. Therefore grouting around the base of a tile shower floor seems to make a lot of sense. Re: Shower Drain Trap filled with--Grout?? Grout around shower drain. I tried out Matt's method (before Brad posted) yesterday. Eventually the dark patches spread. Installing a Recessed Shampoo Niche in an Exterior Wall of a Shower, How to Modify your Recessed Foam Shower Niche. I'm thinking the previous owner had grouted, and washed the excess grout down the drain instead of rinsing it off in a bucket. after about 8 repeated applications. Usually the weep holes to the drain are clogged. Once all of the grout is in place and the excess is removed, then let it cure. Cracked, brittle shower grout is an open invitation for mold, mildew and stains to set up house. Horizontal surfaces, even those that slope, need a waterproofing membrane. The back should wiggle down until it touches the wedges. Flood testing a shower pan: Why it’s done and how to do it, Flood testing a shower pan: Why it's done and how to do it, How to Install GoBoard Tile Backer Board | Video, Ceramic Subway Tile: 3 Pro Installation Secrets. Walls were not straight, doors do not close properly, house was extremely dirty day of closing, grout was not color ordered would not correct, finish on walls was substandard, holes around … Member. Typically I will apply thinset to the bottom 2×4 in the niche with my 1/4 inch square notch trowel. Log in. Join Date: Feb 2005. Remodeling Costs Guide, updated for 2021, provides an accurate overview of remodeling prices for the most popular home renovation, and construction projects. Install the backer board in the thinset and wiggle it. How to Design a Preformed Foam Recessed Shower Niche, https://www.diytileguy.com/durock-cement-board-waterproof/, https://www.diytileguy.com/shower-waterproofing/, How to Install GoBoard Tile Backer Board | Video, Ceramic Subway Tile: 3 Pro Installation Secrets. Worst experience ever. Log in. I am laying tile on a shower drain using a sheet of 2x2 stone tile. Muratic Acid works on grout removal, but yes, very toxic. Clean your bathroom quickly and efficiently with our bathroom cleaning solutions. In the shower area we have travertine mosaics on the floor. 4 mil plastic sheet behind the tile backer board, liquid waterproofing on the surface of the tile backer board, a waterproof sheet membrane on the surface of the tile backer board, Waterproofing for vertical walls is a moisture barrier. 13 Posts . However, you may want to place a rag over the shower drain to prevent pressing grout into the drain. Installing a Recessed Shampoo Niche in an Exterior Wall of a Shower. While doing the work, I removed the shower drain and saw the attached picture. He was able to raise the shower head from around 5.5′ to around 6′ tall, which is still too low lol. Using our grout removal tool, the Grout Getter, scrape out the damaged grout and thoroughly clean the joints in between the tiles. Posts: 17 Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts Grout around shower drain. It will take some time and effort to fix the grout but you will save money by doing the job yourself. A 2"x2" tile is the preferable way to go, to "form" to the slope of a shower. The concrete poured on top doesn’t go against the wall. Probably not what you want to hear, but based on the information given, that's my best advice. If your shower has grout cracks and chunks missing especially in the corners, it’s a good idea to re-grout those areas. The tile and grout will keep the most of the water out, right? My contractor didn’t put any waterproofing in our shower. Your email address will not be published. A poorly constructed pan that has no pre-slope to the drain before it is put in place. Everyone, Been reading on DIY for a while (about pumps) but have never posted. Removing the drain, filling with dry pack and replacing the drain doesn't seem feasible. Loose floor tiles inside the shower. Grout missing around the drain. However, many showers are not built properly and sometimes missing grout can speed up a leak. My superintendent, who was outside the shower, manning the shop-vac, etc.announced, "I'm through!" On average, doing a complete house renovation costs $44,000-75,000, depending on the number of rooms you want remodeled, scope of work involved, as well as local labor rates. Even if all of the grout was missing around the perimeter of the shower floor it still should not leak. The floor drain isn’t centered, either – and I do not want to uncover any additional problems under that floor, which is why I’m re-tiling Bath Fitter reviews (www.bathfitter.com): Grout peeling after 1 year. Toss the shower curtain liner in your washing machine, along with one or two bath towels to help protect it. (Just moved in and the place is about 39 years old) the missing grout wasn’t much. ... We use Sentura — a flexible resin/epoxy filler which can be used to repair the missing grout … I cleaned the It usually has an attached cork backing for some extra cushioning and insulation. Will this cause shower leaks? Everything was fine for about three weeks, then small patches of the grout appeared darker. I just re grouted my shower (new over old) as the grout was stained/missing in some places. Even if you removed all of the perimeter grout and filled that joint with an ASTM C920 sealant (caulking) it probably would still leak to some degree. It will save you time and create a safer space for your children and pets. Then, you’ll be ready to fix cracked grout in shower floor The process on the floor is the same as with the walls. Engineered Vinyl Plank (EVP) is the most popular type and this is a clickable floating floor which means it can be installed on top of concrete or tile. Inside the upper portion of the drainpipe, excessive hair in the drain can cause water to backup into certain parts of the drain. Over the gap there is a piece of stripping or grout caulk dropcloth The first thing you need to do is remove all the caulk from the areas you will be painting, since you can’t paint over it. Maybe every 3 inches or so. Wiggle down the front and be sure it slopes. (You can go back and add it after your shower is painted and dry). Add a scoop of OxiClean to the washer, then wash on a delicate setting with cool water. There is still a chance that there will be some movement around the base of a tile floor that causes the grout to crack. It looks like there is grout in the drain? Keep reading to discover 30 ways to use Dawn Dish Soap in the home to save To request free in-home consultation. Unless I'm missing something, the proper fix is a total redo. Don't use them. If this shower has a linear drain, pretty much any tile is OK as there is only one slope. 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