Moldy grout or caulking in your shower may be a common and reoccurring hassle. Can it be replaced you ask? Sure it can but whom are you asking? (A Remodeling Professional or a Fly-by-Nighter…) You will find that many respected contractors do not want to be involved in replacing old grout for various reasons.
- They did not install the shower.
- Scraping out old grout can cause damage to your tiles or cause them to fall off.
- After a re-grout, if the mold comes back their name is all over it.
- A professional will know that there may be some problems underneath the tile.
I’m sure you’ve tried everything in the book (wiping, scrubbing, bleach, steaming and all the various cleaners from the Billy Mays commercials…) and that nasty mold just keeps coming back. Regular maintenance is a must when you have a tile shower. When mold reappears there are some hidden issues to consider.
- Weep Holes in the drain may be clogged preventing “under drainage”.
- Pre-slope preparation to your shower floor was not pitched properly.
- Shower pan liner is damaged which causes leaking to the homes structure.
- Traditional cement based grout is porous and absorbs dirty shower water behind tile. This will cause staining and moist areas for mold to grow.
In these situations, you will find that the best option is to start saving and build a budget to have your shower replaced. A professional will be able to remove the existing unit and start a new shower build with all the current methods and products. You may be able to find some further information here https://www.aloneeagle.com/waterproofshower-2/ about premium waterproofing products for your shower. Now that you’ve learned a little bit about how mold can damage your shower, I hope you take into consideration the necessary steps for a legitimate fix!