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    Exclamation Puddles in tile shower basin

    We had a custom shower installed that does not seem to drain correctly (The water is puddling around all the sides). Unfortunately the work was not guaranteed so we cannot get it repaired (for free at least). There do not appear to be any leaks around the basin but it having the water sitting there does not settle well.

    Is there anything that can be done, short of ripping the floor tile out, to fix the problem.

    Is it OK to live with the problem or are we just inviting trouble down the road.

    Thanks,

    -Marc

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    Default Re: Puddles in tile shower basin

    Is there anything that can be done, short of ripping the floor tile out, to fix the problem.
    Nothing that would be feasible .... you would be better off removing the floor and redoing it properly.

    It sounds as though the installer hadn't properly allowed for the correct slope to drain.

    If you want to keep a tile floor in the shower then a proper base needs to be set that has a proper slope from the walls toward the drain. Short of having a mud base there is this product which works very well:
    http://www.schluter.com/5288.aspx

    Unfortunately this would mean tearing up the existing poorly installed floor and about a foot of the lower portion of the tiles on the wall.


    Is it OK to live with the problem or are we just inviting trouble down the road.
    If you decide to live with this ..... perhaps having a squeegee on hand to move the standing water to the drain will help. This will help with preventing staining and mildew that may occur from the standing water.
    You will want to be religious in making sure you apply sealer to all the grout on the floor.

    I would be suspicious though ... if the installer had done a poor job with the slope then how good is the base to begin with. If the grout starts cracking all that standing water will seep through and rot things out underneath and you will likely be tearing things up in the future.

    Just a thought.
    "" an ounce of perception -- a pound of obscure "
    - Rush

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