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Unread 12-23-2020, 10:55 AM   #1
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Shower Tile Grout

Hey guys I just signed up because I’m needing some help with my shower tile grout.

I included a photo of what’s going on. What do I need to do to fix it?

It doesn’t feel like the other grout. It’s smooth and latex like. There are a few other spots like that in the shower and there are some spots where there’s bubbles. If I press hard enough I can make more holes in it.

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Unread 12-23-2020, 04:34 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum, Kevin.

You have latex or siliconized-latex caulk in the corner. There's been too much movement for the caulk to handle. The more proper material would be a sealant like 100% silicone that has much more flexible properties to it. If you want to clean that out, you can remove it carefully with a razor scraper (be careful not to scratch) or a relatively sharp plastic putty knife that you keep sharpening as it dulls. Then apply the silicone.

If you can't find a good color of 100% silicone locally, you can buy any color 100% silicone you'd like from ColorRite (product is called Color Sil). It's a little pricey. You'll probably spend $25 for a tube with shipping. But having a color matched silicone allows it to blend in with the rest of the installation well.

And if using silicone makes you nervous, just holler and we'll walk you through how to do a neat job. The same folks at ColorRite also sell a "Mist" spray and a "Perfect Bead" tool to make forming a neat bead relatively easy. It takes a little practice, but it's not hard.

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Thank you tool guy! I will get right on that! I don’t have any experience with this but it’s time to learn! This is our first house so there’s been a few things that have cropped up as you can imagine! It’s also a new build, do you think the house settling has something to do with it?
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That joint very commonly cracks. So, it may have little to do with any settling.
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Welcome, Kevin,

Sure looks like things (the framing) have moved/settled, I think 'specially since it's a new build.

How old? Still under warranty from the builder?
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