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Thread: Could I have a leaky shower?

  1. #16
    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Cutler View Post
    A layer of mortar is placed under the shower pans to level them during installation.
    The way I've seen them done is the pan is set directly on the floor & the mortar is placed on top of the pan, sloped toward the drain and the tile set on top of the mortar.

    Even if water gets through the grout, it shouldn't be leaking through the floor.

    Caulking the tile is a fix, but not a good fix. Eventually it will fail, plus you have wet mortar under the tile that is going to grow things.

    I would plan on eventually removing the tile and fixing the drain.

    Before you caulk I would pour some bleach into the cracks and wait a day or two.

  2. #17
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Griswold Connecticut
    I was referring to a Pre-Fab shower pan. which is just set on the floor. The mortar just supports it from underneath.

    But you are correct for a completely mortared in shower enclosure. It's getting harder each day though to find someone that is willing to do it that way. Those guys are retiring to Florida at a rapid rate.

    Glad your problem is easy to remedy.
    "The first thing you need to know, will likely be the last thing you learn." (Unknown)

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