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Old 12-06-2018, 01:27 AM   #1
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Shower curb leaking

Hi - recently had shower stall redone. Had brand new shower pan put in - custom made tile ready shower pan. It was tiled over and a two piece marble saddle put in. We just started using the shower and noticed on the outside of the shower, underneath the marble saddle there is water leaking. We had the inside touched up with more caulk. Itís still leaking. Any ideas or suggestions what the issue could bE?

And, suggested remedies? Ripping out is not an option at this point.

Could a straight (not sloped) curb cause this? If so, how can it be remedied without ripping it out?

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Old 12-06-2018, 05:34 AM   #2
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I would call the installer back out to look at it. He should stand behind his work.
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Old 12-06-2018, 05:47 AM   #3
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I agree with Davy. There is some problem with the waterproofing layer inside the shower. Sadly, it most likely cannot be fixed without some degree of demolition.
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I agree with my two compadres. Leaking curbs have to be removed. If the saddle is sitting right on the composite floor, silicone is about the only remedy I can think of. I've never done a shower using those components.
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Thank you. So since the pan is all one solid piece, curb included - is the thought that water is getting through a gap in the seam between the tiled curb and the wall or a gap in the grout on the wall Tile and from there trickling down the top of the saddle and out of the little hole on the outside? I canít think of how else water could be escaping. Can anyone?

Some photos attached. Shower, corner where leak is, and interior shots of suspect areas where leak may be.
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Old 12-06-2018, 06:07 PM   #6
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It could very likely be leaking where you're thinking but it's anyone's guess. I'd call the installer and let him figure it out.
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How is that glass bracket attached to the curb? If there are screws in it, that's a no-no.
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Glass attached using only silicone I believe. The only place there are screws are against wall for door brackets.
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Old 12-06-2018, 09:00 PM   #9
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Hi JDL, do you know if he used epoxy to set the curb piece? I put one of those in once and you are supposed to use epoxy to set the tiles and anything on the curb.
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Also, where the two sections of curb meet at the corner, is that simply sealed with silicone?

In the second picture, taken from under the top of the curb, I can see a hole in the caulk.
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he used a modified thinset mortar I believe.

I believe the seam is caulk/silicone...should it be something else?

The hole you see in the caulk is on the outside of the shower, under the curb, where the 2 pieces meet. That is where I see the eater leaking out - though I have to assume there is more behind there that I am not seeing unfortunately
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I think that joint is very possibly where the problem is. I can't tell from your pictures what the configuration of the two pieces are since it's hidden, but a bead if silicone shouldn't be the only thing holding water in.

You have a good amount of water coming down the glass and hitting that joint. All it takes is a pinhole in the silicone to allow water out.
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Old 12-07-2018, 04:36 PM   #13
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Thanks so much for the responses. What would be the best way to waterproof without a tear out?
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Old 12-07-2018, 06:00 PM   #14
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And there in lies the challenge JLD, a lot of times fixing things of this nature is like pruning a plant, you won't get rid of it without getting down to the roots. Which usually involves some tear out.

In other words if fixing it is something that can be applied to the surface, it basically proves there's a deeper problem.
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