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Unread 11-04-2019, 03:26 PM   #1
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New Home Efflorescence?

Hi all,

My name is Andy and I recently moved into a new home in Southern California. I am trying to figure out whats going on with the shower.

I first noticed a line of hard white buildup (efflorescence?) along the grout but didnt think anything of it. This past weekend, I decided to remove and recaulk the entire shower and had more time to look it over in more detail. I noticed that there are some areas with missing grout around some of the tiles. I also removed the drain cover and was shocked to find the efflorescence was even worse inside.

I was able to carefully break it apart and clean out most of the upper section of the drain but its difficult to see the weep holes as I think they may be covered by tabs.

Do you think repairing the grout and resealing might help resolve this?

Is there a cleaner I can use in the drain to help remove the existing build up?

Do you have any other recommendations?

The previous owner had the bathroom renovated about 5 years ago but I don't have much information other than that. There is also a water softener for the house if that makes a difference.

Thanks!

Andy
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Unread 11-04-2019, 03:42 PM   #2
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Unread 11-04-2019, 06:28 PM   #3
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Many times, I've taken a long screw driver and scraped the riser pipe real good. Then I bend a hook on a wire coat hanger and reached down in the drain to pull out as much as possible. Then run the water to flush down the small stuff.
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Thanks Davy.

I stuck a sturdy plastic bag deep into the drain before I started scraping and pulled out the bag periodically to remove the loose chunks.

Ill just clean it out as best I can, fill the missing grout, and caulk all the edges.

Any idea what material my tile is?
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Looks like travertine to me. Lets see what others think.
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