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Old 09-27-2017, 12:11 AM   #1
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Just moved into this house 2 weeks ago. Scrubbed the crap out of the pebble tiled shower attempting to address off smell and built up gunk. The gunk came clean...along with large sections of the grout. Smell seems to be embedded in the shower tile and the floor tile. Floor tile is very slippery when wet. Sink is an awkward elevated basin. Toilet is in a cramped nook. I want a tub downstairs. (Upstairs is a functional bath only clawfoot tub) I'd like to gut this bathroom, move a wall and plumbing locations. Current setup is a 5 by 2 shower...not enough room for a comfy tub. We don't have the resources to do it right at the moment.

I did have a tile guy come give me an estimate to fix the shower pan. He enlarged the tiny hole that was created when I scrubbed loose the first pebble.

If I didn't want to change everything next year I'd pay the guy 1k to pull up the tile, replace the membrane, fix the slope....

We just need a 4 month fix so that two adults who refuse to bathe can shower without potentially rotting my floor.

I'll entertain any idea.
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Scrub it again and then you should be able to re-grout it if there is enough depth to cover over.

You can take a scratch awl to get out more grout it if is already loose or a grout removal tool. It is going to be a labor of love, but I don't see why you could re-grout as a temporary fix and go back with a sanded grout.
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If I were to go that route, how would I seal the known rip? What about the unknown tears?

Is there a super helpful sealer for the grout and stones?
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Another idea was to install a temporary shower directly on top of the shower floor...but they are all too deep. What could I use as a collection pan to feed into the drain?
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I'm confused.... do you think the membrane is ripped torn, or do you just have a poor preslope that is not braining well and breeding a moldy smell.

You really are not going to be able to waterproof the surface reasonably, but if it's just a 4 month temp fix for a slippery/moldy smell, how about a rubber matt and a spray bottle of clorox.

If the liner is ripped, yes you can get a liner glue and do a temp patch.
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Yes. The liner is ripped in at least one spot.

The smell is odd. More like fermenting dog pee.

The floor doesn't direct all the water to the drain. Either the slope is off or the grout was missing in enough places to allow it to pool....I scrubbed a lot before noticing the pockets of standing water.

It doesn't have to be pretty.

What do I patch the membrane with?

So thankful for this forum. I've been googling and youtubing until my head is spinning.
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Where is the liner torn? I did not see that in the previous post. That is more problematic at that point.
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Near the central drain. Under the loose pebbles in the photo
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I did not see the tear, nor your concern that the liner is torn other places...(and I am confused in that that membrane is very strong if it is the correct one.

You risk capturing the existing moisture within the slope and flooring, but if it was very temporary untill you rip it out, maybe you could coat it with 2-3 coats of redguard/hydroban.....

Caution, no idea how well that would stick to slippery tile or how long it would wear with constant use showering.
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If the liner is ripped the shower is done. Stop using it immediately or you're just creating more of a mold issue. Their is nothing you can do as a temporary fix short of tearing it up. They still sell shower conversions for clawfoot tubs, you can get one of those and shower in the tub.
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Re the membrane

If it is the pink thing it seems pretty tough. I'm not even sure it had a hole - just didn't look perfectly flat under all the gunk...but the tile dude took his knife and sliced it to see what was going on underneath.

I guess the question is if I'm willing to risk it. And if so, what do I get to patch it. (Also I might have a case for making tile dude fix it....but there is no way I could handle the process of getting tile dude to fix it)
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The pink thing the tile guy sliced was your water proof membrane. I hope your not on a second floor.
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If it is the pink thing it seems pretty tough. I'm not even sure it had a hole - just didn't look perfectly flat under all the gunk...but the tile dude took his knife and sliced it to see what was going on underneath.

I guess the question is if I'm willing to risk it. And if so, what do I get to patch it. (Also I might have a case for making tile dude fix it....but there is no way I could handle the process of getting tile dude to fix it)
For the pink rubberry, I'm not sure of the glue... try HD/Lowes and see if they carry it. For the gray more Vinyle type, there is a glue.

You might try "FlexSeal...no kidding
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Thanks everyone.

I've only wet the shower during the initial cleaning frenzy. No water has touched it since.
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If you can afford it in any way, just fix it first... before further damage...

Seems you/we are not sure of the exact problem. but a leaky shower pan can get nasty and cost you more in a longer run. Mold issues could migrate down walls/ceilings etc.....
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