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Unread 05-07-2011, 12:54 PM   #1
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Water behind tile- normal?

Just finished installing a toilet in the bathroom and used my moisture meter to check around the toilet......since I had it handy, figured I'd check the shower for leaks. I noticed that there is moderate moisture collecting behind 1 wall tile at the base of the shower pan. Tiles are 12x18. From what I figure, water is getting behind the grout and going down the walls with nowhere to go. Near the grout lines it probably evaporates but in the middle of the tile it seems water is collecting. It's only in one 6" section of the tile though right near where the water hits while taking a shower.

Shower walls have hardi with regard so they're water proofed. Bottom of tile where it his shower pan is siliconed at the base. No signs of mold/mildew on grout and or cracks. Would never even notice it if I didn't have a meter. Is this something that should be addressed or normal for daily use?
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Unread 05-07-2011, 01:23 PM   #2
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Welcome john, Is this an acrylic shower pan or a tiled shower floor?And either way the water should always have somewhere to go. acrylic pans have a drip edge to drain out the water and tiled shower pans have pre slope and weep holes at drain
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Unread 05-07-2011, 01:35 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply. It's a tiled shower pan with a pre-slope that I confirmed during construction. Seems just in this one spot that water is accumulating from it running down the wall. Maybe it's not and just damp from water running through to the drain. Just wondering if that's a normal thing. Like I said, no visible or smell problems.
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Unread 05-07-2011, 02:04 PM   #4
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sounds totally normal to me...water will get through grout lines and to the substrate, that is why we are so paticular about what is behind the tile, And water has no buisness being trapped in a vertical position, it will hit your pan and drain out if constucted properly.
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