LESLIE: Marlo in New Jersey listens in on WABC. What can we do for you today?
MARLO: Hi, I just got a bathroom installed a few months ago and there are cracks already in the grout in the corners. So I was wondering if I could do anything or – I don’t think I’m going to have the people come back, so …
TOM: No, actually that’s very common. The grout is not really designed to be in the corners but the tile installers always put it in the corners. What happens is as the walls expand and contract they do so at different rates, Marlo; so that’s why you get the cracks that will form. What you want to do is try to scratch or scrape out the grout in that area and simply caulk it using kitchen and bath caulk that has a mildicide in it – DAP makes one that has an additive called Microban that won’t grow mildew – and caulk that joint and then you don’t have to worry about it. It’s not going to grow mildew and it won’t crack again.
MARLO: OK, great.
TOM: Very, very common. Marlo, thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.