If you see water stains on the ceiling below your bathroom or water buildup occurring around the tub or shower, it may be due to a leaking pipe or drain. But that isn’t always the case, and you won’t want to call someone in unnecessarily.
The problem could simply be water coming through the shower’s caulking or the grout around the bathtub. If this is the situation, it’s a problem you can easily fix yourself. This article will provide the steps for getting the job done.
How Grout and Caulk Can Be Causing Shower Leaks
When grout and caulk are neglected, they can begin to crack. This will allow moisture to seep through. If you let things go for too long, the water can get into the walls and tiles and do damage. That’s why it’s important to get the issue under control as soon as possible.
How to Fix a Leaking Shower
- If you notice shower leaks in your caulk or grout, the first thing you will want to do is clean the area, so it is free from mold and scum. Then remove loose and cracked pieces of grout until you get to solid grout. Scrape and brush the joints so you can see the area. Dry thoroughly, then use a sponge to apply new grout. Use according to directions and wipe away excess with a damp sponge.
- Seal the seams where the tile meets the tub or shower. Scrape out the old caulk and replace it. You can use any type of caulk you choose, but silicone is a good choice as it is flexible and accommodating of expansions and contractions. Seal around faucet and tub foundations to keep the water from getting into the tiles.
- Allow the grout to cure according to directions. Then apply a sealant. Some epoxy grouts will not need to be sealed but if you are not using one of these grouts, sealing is a necessary step as it will protect the grout from mold, mildew, and cracks.
Should I DIY This Job?
Grouting and regrouting tile in shower area is an easy enough job if you know what you are doing. But if not, it’s wise to get a professional in.
A professional will do a neat job that will hold up to the test of time. They will also be able to determine if your leak was caused by holes in the grout or if there’s a bigger issue.
Water stains and puddles may not be as big of a problem as you think. Now that you know how to regrout, you may end up saving yourself a lot of time and money. Will you be taking these steps when you see water in unexpected places around your home? Visit our re-grouting page for more information.