Year after year, season after season, you’r eon your hands and knees scrapping off old bathroom grout and replacing it with new bathroom grout. From the day you moved in to your Gilbert home, a battle has raged between you and the bathroom grout.
There are the normal reasons why that grout is cracking, and there are the abnormal reasons why that grout is cracking. Today, let’s talk about what makes your Gilbert bathroom battle with grout such a constant in your life, and what you can do about it…
Movement: Your groat is most likely cracking because your house is moving…or “settling” as they say. Especially in Gilbert and the East Valley of Arizona, homes are constantly settling. The foundation does move, and with every humid day, dry day, and temperature change, the foundation and your Gilbert home will shift ever so slightly. You might notice it more in a hairline crack across a seam in a corner of your ceiling, or a baseboard that has pulled slightly away from the wall. All of that is normal in Gilbert. But a moving home also means the tiles in your bathroom, as well as the tub and shower itself, and toilet, will shift. This shift causes the grout to crack. It’s as simple as that.
Professional Installation: If you’ve recently had your bathroom tiles, tub, shower or toilet replaced, there is a possibility that things just weren’t lined up properly. If the tiles are not even, if the groat was not prepared properly, if the tub isn’t aligned properly with the wall and floor…all of these can lead to never-ending cracks in your grout.
Patching: I don’t have to tell you that patching up that grout can become a nuisance. You do it every year. But if you still prefer to do it DIY, and fix the cracked grout year after year, there are some things that can slow down the cracking…
- Silicone Caulk – This type of caulking is less likely to crack.
- Completely Remove Old Caulking – And I Mean remove that groat until there is not a trace of it left. Any trace groat left over will make the new groat unstable.
- Mildew-Proof – Many times you’ll run to the home repair shop and grab the first caulk you see. Make sure it is bathroom caulk and that it can get wet and won’t allow for mildew buildup.
- Allow It To Cure – One of the biggest mistakes that most home owners make is to repair the groat and then take a shower or bath just moments after. That groat needs to sit and cure, and should also be sealed.
Your best bet, if your caulking is continually cracking, is to call in a Gilbert plumbing expert.