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Old 12-01-2011, 08:40 PM   #1
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Caulk broke away from outside of drain


The caulk broke away from the top of the shower strain, (just outside of the metal strainer. The drain is plastic, about 20 years old. Does this design have a redundant drain feature (that is, where the caulk broke away, will water run outside of the drain pipe or will it still flow down the drain)?

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Old 12-01-2011, 08:47 PM   #2
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I've got to be missing something. There is no caulking around a shower drain, there's arubber gasket under the lip where it meets the pan or plumbers puddy is sometimes used. But it would be under the flange where it would not be seen not around the drain.
No seal and the waters going to take out the subflooring or sheetrock below if it's a two story, there is no secondary drain.

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Old 12-01-2011, 09:06 PM   #3
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Caulk broke away from outside of drain


Sorry - meant to say grout, not caulk. Does the circumference of the drain extend beyond where the strain is screwed down, allowing any water that breaks through the grout to go down the drain?
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Well there never should have been grout there, It should have been silicone caulking since it's a tiled floor. Any time tile meets a differant material or meets at an angle there need to be caulking, grout as you found out will just crack.
Once that seals broken the water can get in under the tile and into what ever is below it.
There is no other seal or drain, it just runs down the side of the strainer and drips.
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