Leaky shower... Is this fix correct?

Discussion in 'Shower & bathtub Forum & Blog' started by KenSimone, Jul 29, 2014.

  1. KenSimone

    KenSimone New Member

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    A few years ago we paid someone to remodel our master bath. The shower has started leaking down to the first floor. We called the same company, and this is their fix so far. Is this correct?

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    Update: After I complained about the caulk, Lee's Tile in Dallas Texas (the people responsible for this fine job) came out and added some new weep holes for me. Unfortunately, they weep right through the bottom.

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    Thanks,
    Ken
    Last edited: Aug 28, 2014
  2. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

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    That looks interesting..........
    A mud set drain is a clamping drain with a vinyl liner. When the water gets past the tile and grout, the liner picks up the water and makes it through the little weep holes there. Have they flood tested the pan yet?
  3. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

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    The only place silicon is useful in a tiled shower pan is on the under side of the liner to seal it to the clamping drain. This is a hack job. Unless there's a crack in the actual plumbing, the shower should be waterproof before the tile is installed, and silicon is not part of the equation to make it work that way.

    Without some more tearout or knowledge of how the shower was built, there's no way to tell if this hack job will patch things and stop the leaks. Building a tiled shower isn't all that hard, but it is VERY detail oriented, and skipping or messing with any one detail can ruin a shower. IOW, there should be no reason to do what they did if the rest of it was done right!

    The Tile Council of North America (TCNA - the people who wrote the bible on how to tile things) say that 70-80% of tiled showers are not built properly, so unfortunately, you are not alone in having a poorly performing shower.
  4. johnfrwhipple

    johnfrwhipple Bathroom Design & Build - North Vancouver, B.C.

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    Everything so far looks wrong.

    The silicone might have stopped the leak but now your shower will hold back more water.
  5. RedShoecounterbalance

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    Ken my friend. Its time to bite the bullet as they say and take that shower pan down to the rotten moldy plywood and rebuild.

    What you have looks like a bad attempt at a third patch job. How much is this costing you now , in the past, and again in the near future?


    My 2 cents. - redshoe
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