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Old 10-26-2015, 10:34 AM   #1
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Cracked grout in wet room floor tiles


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We have a wet room put in by the previous owners in our en-suite bathroom in the loft bedroom. Some of the floor tile grout has started to crack and come away. There is no obvious damage to the ceiling below and the tiles themselves seem to be firm in place.
What is the best approach? I'm presuming the area has been properly tanked (though I can't confirm this) or there would be some outside damage by now. Can I just regrout? Or should I pull up a tile to investigate further?

Thanks for any assistance.

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99% of the time grout or tile cracks are from improper prep.
Under sized, over spanned joist.
Particle board as a sub floor.
No tile board used or no thin set under it.
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Thanks for the reply. The wet room is about 2.5 years old so it's taken a while to occur. I'm just wondering if regrouting would be a good solution for another few years?
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Thanks for the reply. The wet room is about 2.5 years old so it's taken a while to occur. I'm just wondering if regrouting would be a good solution for another few years?
Before you can re-grout, you need to use a ton of elbow grease and scrap and dig and remove all the cracked grout. Oscillating tools such as the Rockwell Sonicrafter have attachments specially for removing grout. That makes it go faster, but it is still many hours of work.

If it's a small area with small tiles and a lot of grout lines, it may even be less labor to remove the whole enchilada, tiles and all, and start from scratch.
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