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Last summer I had an architect/contractor team do a remodel on my house, which included foundation work and a bathroom remodel. We have had to contact them several times since because of problems, such as the new furnace making loud noises and having brown water in the mornings after repiping the house. Now it has been about 6 months, and there are cracks in the grout around the tub and up both corners where the walls meet. Actually, around the tub the grout is also breaking off.
The architect initially said that it is better NOT to use caulk over the grout, because it degrades quickly. But this is the solution his tile guy (subcontractor) has suggested. Is this sort of cracking normal in Berkeley homes? Is caulking the best solution? Better to regrout? Is the cracking a symptom of a larger problem? Like the foundation settling? Or the tub settling? I would appreciate advice, and if anyone has had similar problems, how were they solved? Thank you! Overwhelmed by house remodel
Any contractor that didn't do it that way right off should not be used to ''fix it''. The next bad move a bad contractor would make is to show up with latex caulk and try to squirt it over the grout to cover the crack in the grout that they should have never put there. The tile will continue to crack and the cheap caulk will mold and fall off. Now is the time to do it right while it is clean. Think of that joint as an isolation joint where there should be a gap between tub and wall filled with silicone rubber to seal it from water leaking into the wall. The tub should not touch the tile but instead be 1/8'' separate. If it is touching or solid grout was used then the movement will stress all the tile work and create other cracks in the grout above/tile field. An intentional gap is normally left there. The grout work should have also been sealed with grout sealer after grout dried. Sounds like a bad tile job to me. Hope you can fix it soon. Once it gets covered with soap scum it becomes a huge job to fix it right. tile man
Last year we had our bathroom gut-remodeled. Now the grout around the tub is deteriorating and there is dampness in under the tub in the sub-floor. The company that did the tile work is saying now that we shouldn't regrout, but do silicone caulk as there is no lip on the fiberglass tub. According to them since there is no tub lip the grout won't last. I'd like to get a second opinion before we proceed with them. Anyone have a tile contractor whose job has held up well over the years? Or a contractor that did a great repair job? Thanks, Jesse
The solution: After checking for possible leaks from the spout and valve area, tear out at least the first course of tile around the tub where the tub meets the wall. Have another contractor do this and take lots of pictures as you go. Any irregularities, such as cuts to the tub, or missing overlaps in the backerboard should be noted. All manufacturers of every product used has standard installation best practice guidelines and you should be able to find many of these online.
I saw an old recommendation for the Grout Doctor but am looking for recent feedback on anyone who has used the local Grout Doctor, Oakland, Charles Pellicci to remove/replace old, moldy caulk from around a bathtub? Was it expensive and was the new grout job professional and worth the money? Anon
Has anyone had any recent experience with ''The Grout Doctor'' that's based in Oakland? We have moldy caulk around the tub that needs replacing. I suspect it wasn't done properly in the first place. Any alternative recommendations would be much appreciated as well. Thanks! Anon
We'd like to have the grout around the tub redone in a bathroom or two. I don't think the grout was ever sealed properly and black mold has appeared that we can't remove. Any good recommendations for someone to come and redo the grout ? mostly just around the tub? Anyone tried the local ''Grout Doctor?'' (We're in Berkeley.) One tub could also probably do with a ''bleaching.'' Thanks! No more yucky grout
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