Our Complimentary In Home Consultation
- Client addressed issues of water leaking from the shower into to the kitchen ceiling and causing damage to all the drywall
- Client was concerned as to why all of the ceramic floor tiles were breaking in the bathroom.
Initial Review Upon Inspection
Upon my inspection I found that these issues were caused by an improperly built shower base. The previous contractor had laid the ceramic for the shower floor directly on top of the subfloor without any water proofing membrane or concrete. They also used 12-inch tiles for the floor and it’s almost impossible to create a slope for the water to go to the waste drain using that size tile.
The end result was that the tile and grout failed, causing the plywood to absorb the water like a sponge. When it got to a point where the subfloor couldn’t take in any more water it started to leak onto the kitchen ceiling. Not only did it damage the ceiling it also spread from the subfloor in the shower to the subfloor in the bathroom causing the tile to crack and the toilet to move because the wood completely was rotted.
Solution To Correcting This Problem
The original bathroom flooring was removed. New plywood wood was installed, screening was applied as well as a scratch coat. Our client decided on a ceramic for their floor tile. A new toilet and baseboard were also added to this bathroom.
Backer board with a built-in rubber membrane on the outer layer was installed in the shower. All joints were sealed with fiberglass mesh tape. A thin set mortar was applied to fill in all the joints in order to maintain a good tight water seal.
The original shower pan was removed. This was replaced by installing new 1 inch plywood on top of the sub floor. A layer of concrete was added to from a new base foundation. Once the concrete had cured, a rubber membrane was installed on top of the concrete. This stage of the floor was completed by adding a final top coat of concrete.
Our client’s choice of tile was a ceramic that was installed on the walls in a subway tile pattern to give it a unique and professional look. Once the tiling process was completed on all shower walls and floor, grout was applied to the tiles. The original fixtures and glass shower door were re installed.
As a professional in the home improvement business, I am extremely fortunate to be able to work with incredible clients. This project involved the remodeling of their existing bathroom that unfortunately had suffered severe water damage. Our team at Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services was able to complete this project on time and within the client’s budget! Did we mention our client was extremely happy?
Tip: Home owners considering hiring a professional to complete a bathroom remodel should take into account that this project could take up to a week or more to complete depending on the scope of the work. Plan accordingly and communicate with your contractor on what the entire bathroom remodel process will entail and be prepared for surprises your contractor may find along the way i.e.: water damage, faulty wiring, mold etc. You may have to temporarily use the second bathroom in your home during the remodeling process. So please be patient and work together with your contractor.
Our Project Video Part I
Our Project Video Part II
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