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    LESLIE: Frances in New Jersey is dealing with a grout situation. What’s going on?

    FRANCES: I had my house remodeled last year. The kitchen and bath were remodeled and finished around June and the grout in the kitchen and bathroom is cracking and falling out.

    TOM: Hmm. Now we’re talking about wall tile here?

    FRANCES: Yes.

    TOM: OK.

    LESLIE: And you’re talking about the grout all over the wall or just, say, perhaps where the wall and the floor meet?

    FRANCES: The grout where the wall and the counter meet, the grout where the wall and the floor meet in the bathroom and now in the shower area.

    TOM: OK, that’s normal and here’s why. Because at the junctions of walls and ceilings and walls and counters and walls and floor, you’re never going to have a grout that’s completely stable there because they’re always in movement. There’s always expansion and contraction.

    LESLIE: The walls are, not the grout.

    TOM: The walls, not the grout. Right.

    FRANCES: (chuckling) OK.

    TOM: So where those cracks form, you need to add a good-quality caulk.

    FRANCES: Caulk, OK.

    TOM: You’re never going to have a solid grout joint in that space, never.

    FRANCES: OK.

    TOM: OK? So that’s not a defect and that’s actually a good thing. When we saw that you called about grout that was cracking all over the place, to have a crack in those seams like that, not a big deal.

    FRANCES: Gotcha. Gotcha. So now all I need to do is caulk it.

    TOM: Yes, caulk those. And you could use a caulk that matches the color of the grout or you could use clear, but use a good-quality caulk; perhaps a silicone caulk would be appropriate.

    LESLIE: Mm-hmm, choose one with a mildicide, especially you’re dealing with kitchens and bath areas; you’ve got a lot of moisture, you don’t want mold growth on it.

    FRANCES: Gotcha. OK. OK, very good.

    TOM: Alright?

    FRANCES: Thank you so much.

    TOM: You’re welcome. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.

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