Repair Crumbling Grout
LESLIE: If you’re tackling a tiling project you’d be like Paul in Texas. How can we help you with your money pit?
PAUL: Well, we had our master bath remodeled recently.
PAUL: And the contractor did such a lousy job on the tile that we ended up firing him…
TOM: Oh, boy.
PAUL: … and then we had to get another contractor to come in to finish the job and there were several gaps and those sorts of things and they sealed everything. And we started using the shower and some of the grout started coming out; like little gravelly, very small, sandy kind of pieces of grout would come out.
PAUL: So I started sealing it with DAP and I had a friend who told me you shouldn’t do that; you should tear all the grout out and start over and I’m wondering what the best approach is to solve this problem.
TOM: Well, if you’ve got tiny, little pieces that are falling out and it just happens once and it doesn’t seem to be a perennial problem, then using a bit of caulk to seal it up is probably not terrible. But if you’ve got grout, for whatever reason, that was not put in correctly, then in that case you may need to use a grout saw and sand out the entire joint and then regrout the whole thing to get the proper adhesion.
PAUL: Alright, we’ll try that. Thank you.
TOM: You’re welcome. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.