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Old 12-15-2007, 08:19 PM   #1
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retiling shower wall, possible water damage


some tiles got pulled away from the wall via, stepping on the soap dish and i need to repair them. however, i'm guessing there might be some water damage underneath. does anyone know where i would start?


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Old 12-15-2007, 10:19 PM   #2
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some tiles got pulled away from the wall via, stepping on the soap dish and i need to repair them. however, i'm guessing there might be some water damage underneath. does anyone know where i would start?

Everyone is going to be wondering, so I am going to ask: How did you step on the soap dish?

The first thing to do is determine what was used as the backer for the tile. If it was drywall (Green board), there is a possibility that there could be damage. If it is Hardibacker or another of the cement boards, it may be fine. Your best bet is to carefully remove the tile in the area and examine the material behind them. If you don't see water damage, you can simply replace the tile with the appropriate mastic or thinset.

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thank you very much for the info. i will check whats underneath. my 3 yr. son naturally thought the soap dish would be a good place to stand, needless to say the soap dish isn't being replaced along w/ the tile.
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Old 12-17-2007, 03:39 PM   #4
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I have a 3 year old granddaughter so I understand. They are very inquisitive and inventive. It sounds like yours will be good at rock climbing.

Let us know what you find under the tile. We can assist you more if necessary.

Good luck.
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Old 12-17-2007, 03:57 PM   #5
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Thought it may had happened while trying to make the baby! just kidding, I agree 100% with handyman50. If you find a small area damaged replacing with green drywall would be fine, but if it is too big I'd go with the cement board
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