Shower Re-Grouting

Shower Grout Repair

Shower Re-Grouting Can Save You Money.

Missing Grout In Shower

Shower grout can fail for many reasons. Improper initial installation or mixing of the grout can cause premature failure. harsh acid based cleaners can degrade grout over time. Tiles that are set too close together can cause grout to “pop out”. Time in general can cause gout to fail. It is vitally important to rectify this as soon as possible. Water that migrates behind the tiles and into the wall can cause mold to form. This is especially true in older homes where there is wallboard behind the tiles instead of proper backer board. In the case of the picture o the left, this small area of missing grout caused thousands of dollars in damage as it was left un-repaired.

Also – tiles will begin to loosen and possibly fall off the wall. A softened structure behind that wall needs to be replaced. This is often a costly repair as the tiles need to be removed and the backing replaced. Many times tiles will break during the removal process and if no extras are available a design change is in order. Many times we are forced to put a completely different color tile in as a border around the entire bottom of the shower or tub surround.

Grout Repair Is An Affordable Solution.

Having a shower re-grouted is not an easy or inexpensive option. It is however much more cost effective than tearing out a wall or an entire shower or tub surround. Many time missing grout that is left for a period of time will cause damage beyond the shower, leaking down into floors below or adjacent walls. In this case, what could have have been a repair that cost a few hundred dollars caused thousands of dollars in work. I have personally been involved in a job where a shower stall that had missing grout and improper caulking caused an entire bathroom floor replacement. A very expensive undertaking and the shower still had to be re-grouted! had they done that in the first place the floor would have been saved.

Loose Shower Tiles Also Cause Major Issues.

Missing grout can also cause loose tiles. This too allows water to migrate behind the wall. If you see or suspects loose tiles – call us so we can determine the cause. many times it is a simple repair that will stop major damage in the future.

Re-Grouting The Proper Way.

Many homeowners and handymen re-grout improperly. A skim coat of grout will simply pop off in a few months. Here at Grout 9-1-1 we are skilled in grout removal and replacement. We are also skilled in repair and replacement of tiles on shower walls. We have the proper tools and knowledge to get the job done right the first time! Call us today for a free assessment of your grout.


Shower and Tub Re-Caulking

We are often times called in to examine a shower or tub surround that is leaking on the ceiling below. Most homeowners initially call in a plumber to check out the problem. If the pipes are found to be in good shape and not leaking many plumbers will give out our name to further investigate the problem.

Missing Caulk

Shower Re-caulking

Many times the culprit is missing or improperly installed caulk. This allows water to migrate behind the tub or shower and leak down below. A simple re-caulk will usually solve the issue. The process involves removing the original caulk and cleaning out the joints so that the new caulk can properly adhere to the tile and the tub.

As you can see by the picture on the left – caulk can also become moldy and unsightly as well. This becomes an aesthetic issue as well as a minor health issue due to the mold. Although this may still be doing its’ job, it should be replaced.

Sometimes moldy caulk can also be caused by improper drainage of a shower pan. Although this can be an easy fix – sometimes it can be a serious issue and can lead to greater damage down the road.

How Often Should I Caulk My Shower?

A great question! Any time that caulk has failed or is missing it should be addressed. Any time it appears moldy as well. Re-caulking is basically part of basic home interior maintenance. It is not the hardest ting to do but there is a bit of an art to making it look nice! Feel free to call us for all your re-caulking needs.


Grout Cleaning

Grout Cleaning Floors and Showers

Floor grout and shower grout are completely different types of grout and both take on dirt in a different way. Floor grout is in most cases a sanded grout. It is harder and stands up to the wear and tear that a floor must endure. The exception is marble and other softer natural stones which in most cases has un-sanded grout. Showers usually have un-sanded grout although there are many exceptions to the rule. Many showers with wider grout lines have sanded gout in the joints.

Dirty Floor Grout

dirty floor grout

Floor grout gets dirty in many ways. Soils that are tracked in from outside deposit themselves in the low grout lines. These types of soils in many cases can be swept or vacuumed out. Oily soils coming in from driveways, garages and kitchens require a bit more effort. They will most likely need some sort of chemical action to break the bond that grease and oil can form on both tile and grout. One of the biggest culprits is soap. Too much soap can really form a strong bond on both tile and grout. I have found that soap is actually more difficult to remove than other types of soils. The other issue with floor grout is dirty mop water being deposited into the grout lines. This occurs in most commercial installations but is also fairly prevalent in homes as well. Keep in mind that grout is the lowest point in a floor so most of the dirt will end up there. The nest way to keep floor grout clean? Have it sealed from the beginning.

Dirty and Moldy Shower Grout

moldy shower

Shower grout has its own set of problems. Due the temperature of the water and high levels of moisture found in the bathroom the possibility of mold is the first issue of concern. Mold can grow anywhere but the factors that contribute to it in a shower are improper caulking and poor shower pan drainage usually caused by clogged or caulked over weep holes in the case of fiberglass pans. Some tile floor showers are also improperly installed as well or the pans may fail in time. This will normally cause mold to begin in the grout near the floor and climb the wall with time. Shower and tub re-caulking may need to be performed every couple of years.

Hard water can also affect showers by sticking to the surface of the tiles and shower doors. Luckily this can be cleaned – read about it here.

Dirty Grout Prevention

In the case of showers and tub surrounds the best way to keep them clean is to dry them after each use with a towel or a squeegee. It only takes a minute and will keep your tiled surfaces looking good and help prevent hard water build up.

Floors are a different story. Since grout is the low point dirt will always accumulate there. Keeping the floor swept and vacuumed will go along way. Mopping with hot water works great – you van also add a little vinegar (not a good idea on acid sensitive stone floors). Do not use too much soap! Soap build up is very difficult to remove. Grouted floors need to be sealed from the start. Although this will not prevent the floor from getting dirty will aid in the cleanup process.

Keep in mind that keeping your grouted surfaces clean is a basic home maintenance issue and you may have to call in a pro from time to time for help. In some cases the grout may be un-salvageable. In the case of a shower or tub surround – they can be re-grouted.

Floor grout can be color sealed to be given a like new look for a fraction of the cost of replacement.

Importance of Re-Grouting

A Shower Repair That Didn’t Need To Happen!


This shower needed an almost total rebuild. Why? If you look at picture below you can see some small areas of missing grout near the soap dish.



Missing Grout

Grout Missing Near Soap Dish

Which then led to this

Missing Grout Causing Tile Failure

Missing Grout Causing Tile Failure

This could have easily been avoided had the homeowner called us in to do a simple re-grout. The reason this failed so badly is because the missing grout was in an area where water was bouncing off the body and hitting the area directly.  This grout had been missing for quite some time. This turned into a 3 day job and was fairly expensive. Re-grouting the shower would have been done in one day at 1/3 of the repair cost!

Missing Grout Causes Serious Problems!

Any time you as a homeowner see grout that is missing you should have it repaired as soon as possible to prevent this from occurring in your home. Do not use caulk to repair this. Caulk looks bad and will mold after a while. Caulk can also prevent grout from sticking in the future. The same goes for the pre-mixed grouts sold at the big box stores. If you are handy or want to do a temporary repair – go out and buy some grout – mix it according to the instructions and use that. This way water will not get back behind the tiles causing them to fail.

This particular shower had sheetrock behind it that had to be replaced as it degraded and was moldy as well.

Shower Re Caulking

Here is a shower that was a potential disaster – the grout was missing and the shower pan weep holes were clogged: