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Old 03-29-2014, 10:21 AM   #1
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Replacing grout in shower corners


Our house is 5 years old and the shower that gets the most use has some vertical cracking in the corners. I don't know if tile was ever sealed, but i'm guessing not. The grout has seemed to seep through the tile and into the trim (see pic..tilt head to left; sorry!) outside the shower door. From my internet research, any change of plane should have been caulked instead of grouted (right?). My plan is to chisel out all of the grout in corners and around the base of the pan (even though there is no cracking along the pan so far) and replace with a grey 100% silicone caulk. Plan to seal tile with 511 Miracle Sealer and replace the trim pieces. If anyone has any suggestions on other products, please let me know. I was planning on not using the shower for 4-5 days before caulking to let everything dry out and not seal any water within the stone or grout...wherever it is. Is that enough time, and do I need to do anything else? Anything I'm not thinking of, or is the "seeping grout" a bigger problem than I'm hoping it is? Thanks in advance for your help, I appreciate everyone's willingness to give advice!
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That's water damage on the trim and it appears to be coming from the shower door. Close the door and aim your shower head at that point. See if water leaks out.
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That's water damage on the trim and it appears to be coming from the shower door. Close the door and aim your shower head at that point. See if water leaks out.
Yep--check the caulking around the door---and the joint where the bottom tract meets the side piece----silicone caulk will only stick to perfectly dry surfaces---so blow out any moisture with an air compressor ,if you have one---or use a hair dryer----
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YES, that was it! There is a gap where the bottom frame and the door meet. Ha, that was much better than all of the scenarios that were running through my head! I'm still planning on doing the grout replacement/sealing unless someone tells me I'm crazy. I'm pretty sure the corners need to be replaced, but since the grout between the pan and tile don't have any cracks, can I skip that? If it will need to be done eventually, I think I'd rather just get it done all at once. Please let me know what you think about that, and any products that would be better than what I originally mentioned. Thank you both for your help!
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Leanne,
The tile shops and the box stores carry caulking in the different colors to match the different grouts, in both sanded and unsanded versions.
I would use that over the silicone in this case. It will blend in better and should hold up better in this setting.
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Yup, caulk can be your friend, but remember that you don't need a huge bead of it to seal. I usually cut the tip so there's the smallest hole you can get from the tube. And make sure it's the 100% silicone. Put down the smallest bead you can, use a wet finger and smooth it out. On long runs I like to tape off each side of the joint then after smoothing it out I take the tape off and run one more wet finger over it.
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Shower corners should never have grout. They should be Caulked with a caulk that is colored the same as the grout color.



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