You didn't note where the cracks are, but I'm guessing at the base of the window. Here is what I have. Step 2 - Remove Loose and Damaged Grout Use a saw to remove the loose or damaged grout in between the tiles. Try this approach first and if the smell or mold comes back quickly consider inspecting further like I described above. The sealant will penetrate the grout and make it water resistant. It crosses the grout to the next tile. As for the materials, all I know is that it was all new install.
However, it is the easiest method available. We use professional grout combined with stain resistant grout additives designed to repel dirt, resist stains and never needs sealing. The big difference is the material behind the tile- depending on the age of the house. What is the span of the I joists? If you wait too long to clean the tiles, the grout will dry and be harder to remove. I cleaned off the grout line a couple of times and then washed the surrounding tiles. If the tile sits too low you can add some more of the polyurethane adhesive to raise the tile up a little more.
Then Heat Matt embedded in thin-set followed by thin-set and tile. Or should I just keep filling the cracks with caulk? Try to fill them completely, making sure the grout is as level and straight as possible. If you can upload a picture I can draw an arrow on which one or maybe two tiles we would remove for an inspection. Hi Todd, While I found your site extremely informative I am wondering… A little background, my home was built in 83, I think the bathroom is original to the house. We have discovered that water seems to be getting to the sheet rock walls that abut the tile, as the sheet rock slowly becomes damp over a couple of weeks of using the shower. Is it the floor or walls cracking? Most home improvement stores also sell a wide variety of grout removal kits too. For instance, air pockets can form in the grout if there was to much water used in the mixture.
Regarding more info, there is a crack in the grout on the wall along the marble mosaic tile as well as a crack in the grout along the porcelain floor. A properly constructed shower base will drain water and no standing water will be left in your assembly. May 4th, 2009 2:35 pmWhat's the subfloor structure under the drybed I assume? What you could do to keep it looking nice is fill the cracks in with more grout so that it looks perfect and then put clear caulk over top or dig out all that grout and caulk it with white caulk. They carry a variety of colors of both regular and sanded caulk. Some spots in the grout are darker and have a different texture. .
My white bathroom tile with white grout is original to my 1941-built home. If you buff the area for a few seconds with a dry cloth, the shine on the tiles should return. Some elbow grease and careful scrubbing can clean a shower up nicely. He removed it yesterday using a little tool he had that looks somewhat like a screwdriver, but apparently is made for removing grout. I have a few tiles whose grout lines have cracked, its in the line of fire from the showerhead so I'm pretty sure water is behind the wall to some degree. These are just very thin cracks that you really have to look for to see. I have a huge brick-walled patio.
Jim It could be a systemic problem with the grout itself. If you want to re-try grouting, try with a latex additive in it. Apply a smooth layer to an area where grout was removed, using your finger or a sponge. This is going to continue to crack. The simple method is to just fill the existing crack with grout. Take a sponge afterward and wipe off the grout lines to level them off and. I almost had a heart attack when I saw it.
How was the tile installed, mastic or thinset? Interestingly, the biggest cracking issues are between the top tile and the bullnose tile border almost the entire length of the left wall and around to the left of the window. I have the same exact problem as Jim on a shower in a new construction home that I have lived in for 7 months. I got some gunky material on the blade and the smell is horrible. This would be a temporary, cosmetic fix. But Regardless of the specifics in your flooring layers, I believe you have a bigger problem with your client and project costs. Then we applied the caulk to the opening. It sounds like a lot or you wouldn't be asking.
Step 4 - Fill in the Crack With the grout mixed up, you can try filling in the crack immediately. My standing master shower was part of a huge reno that was professionally done. The big difference is the material behind the tile- depending on the age of the house. The grout that was used for this project was an un-sanded grout which should be capable of filling the narrow cracks. Some of the unsanded grout is failing immediately due to some tile movement.
What you want to do is first apply your Laticrete Permacolor mixture or the product you chose. Even flakes off if you scrape it with a fingernail in areas that aren't cracked. Seems we've come full circle with bath wall tiles in wet areas. Clear silicone or get a silicone match for the color. Thanks, Scott Hi: I had ceramic tile put down on my kitchen counter—they removed the old counter and placed the tile, just as your description states, where the wall and counter meet, there are now cracks, I think those will be easy enough to fix but what I found troubling is that where the cracks are in the grout, they have entered the actual tile. I believe it is being caused by shrinkage do to moisture and settlement within the walls.
Typically, wall tile in a shower area will use small grout lines and non-sanded grout. The base was made out of concrete and the tiles are a porcelain floor and walls with a marble mosaic border tile used. You should then wait 72 hours for the grout to dry and then seal the grout and recaulk the shower as necessary. Cement Hydration Timing The timing of cement hydration, part of the curing process is critical to creating strong grout. As is is flexible and can tolerate minor movement.