Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Remodeling > Kitchen & Bath Remodeling

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 03-30-2011, 08:02 PM   #1
Newbie
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Maine
Posts: 3
Share |
Default

Sealing joint between tile and tub


My bath has tile walls and a fiberglas tub. The joint between the bottom of the tile wall and the tub has failed and water is leaking down to and staining the ceiling below. This started a couple of years ago so I dug out all the old grout and caulking that had been applied before we bought the place, and resealed it with some good qaulity caulking (geocell 2300 which works great in exterior applications and lasts a long, long time). That held up for a couple of years but I now see that its starting to fail again.

Should I remove all that caulking and try something else? The original grout didn't hold up that long, if that's what was used originally, I can't be sure. What's the proper method of sealing that joint between the two different materials?

the first thing I investigated was the possibility of pipe leaks and found no evidence of that...its the bad joint.

thanks for any advice or experience you may have had with tile and tubs.

Tatnic

tatnic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-30-2011, 08:07 PM   #2
Tileguy
 
Bud Cline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 9,666
Default

Sealing joint between tile and tub


THAT particular juncture is one that requires periodic maintenance over time.

My personal preference for that juncture is a latex or siliconized tub and tile caulk. Either of those two products can be tooled with a damp sponge when installed and are capable of giving you a perfect looking juncture transition every time. Some will suggest using 100% silicone and swear by it, but in my experience I have seen that stuff cause untold damage in the hands of a novice time after time.

Bud Cline is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 03-30-2011, 08:41 PM   #3
Newbie
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Maine
Posts: 3
Default

Sealing joint between tile and tub


Quote:
Originally Posted by Bud Cline View Post
THAT particular juncture is one that requires periodic maintenance over time.

My personal preference for that juncture is a latex or siliconized tub and tile caulk. Either of those two products can be tooled with a damp sponge when installed and are capable of giving you a perfect looking juncture transition every time. Some will suggest using 100% silicone and swear by it, but in my experience I have seen that stuff cause untold damage in the hands of a novice time after time.
any suggestions on brands? I don't mind spending more for a higher qaulity, longer lasting caulk.

thanks for your help
tatnic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-31-2011, 07:43 AM   #4
Tileguy
 
Bud Cline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 9,666
Default

Sealing joint between tile and tub


Quote:
any suggestions on brands?
To be honest I have had small problems using all of them from time to time. It's hard to keep up.

I would suggest DAP. It is a mainstream offering and should be available everywhere.
Bud Cline is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 03-31-2011, 09:03 PM   #5
Newbie
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Maine
Posts: 3
Default

Sealing joint between tile and tub


Quote:
Originally Posted by Bud Cline View Post
To be honest I have had small problems using all of them from time to time. It's hard to keep up.

I would suggest DAP. It is a mainstream offering and should be available everywhere.
preciate it...
tatnic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-2011, 11:01 PM   #6
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Long Island, NY
Posts: 9,519
Default

Sealing joint between tile and tub


The tub would have a lip on it at least an inch high. You shouldn't have a leak there if the joint was left wide open.
It sounds like the wall material(whatever was used) was butted up to the top of the flange instead of overlapping it.
I would guess the issue was above the tub/tile interface, such as loose or popped grout. Water is getting in and running down behind the tile, hitting the gap and getting behind the tub.
Ron

Last edited by Ron6519; 04-02-2011 at 07:08 AM.
Ron6519 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-2011, 11:32 PM   #7
Stuck in the 70's
 
Blondesense's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: south central Missouri
Posts: 2,116
Default

Sealing joint between tile and tub


Quote:
Originally Posted by Ron6519 View Post
The tub would have a lip on it at least an inch high. You shouldn't have a leak there if the joist was left wide open.
It sounds like the wall material(whatever was used) was butted up to the top of the flange instead of overlapping it.
I would guess the issue was above the tub/tile interface, such as loose or popped grout. Water is getting in and running down behind the tile, hitting the gap and getting behind the tub.
Ron
I'm no expert but I was wondering about this too. If you have enough water to make it through and become visible on the ceiling below, I would be concerned that your problem is more than this one caulking joint. Do you have a pic?
Blondesense is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-10-2011, 08:08 PM   #8
Veteran Rehabber
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Ohio
Posts: 60
Default

Sealing joint between tile and tub


If the ceiling below is stained with water, there is a lot of water getting behind the tile! First, remove/replace the caulk next to the tub. I prefer the acrylic latex waterproof caulk. It cleans up with water and is easier to work than silicone. It has a similar life and comes with anti-mildew additives. Next I would seal the grout lines with an acrylic color sealer. It is water proof and mildew-proof (click here). If these two fixes don't stop the leak, then its time to replace the tile.
CMHbob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-11-2011, 12:02 AM   #9
Tileguy
 
Bud Cline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 9,666
Default

Sealing joint between tile and tub


Yup, a Home Depot puppet. Here to promote products sold at Home Depot.

Bud Cline is online now   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off





Top of Page | View New Posts

Copyright © 2003-2014 Escalate Media. All Rights Reserved.