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PostPosted: Tue Aug 08, 2017 6:03 pm 
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Hi, I was hoping to get a bit of advice regarding a crack that keeps appearing in the grout in the shower cubicle, it’s happened before and in exactly the same place as well.

The house is a new build property and is now just over 1 year old, the property has 2 years where they will come and fix any issues, June 2018 would be when that is up.

This is a picture of the crack:

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The developer has been out before, I was not in at the time but was told that they didn't take the tile off they just scraped some grout out and put some new grout over.

So i am not sure if there is any damage behind this tile, or should i not really be worried about that, would this not really cause any damage as such?

I do look sometimes below where the shower cubicle is and there are no leaks etc.

I will also admit that i am not the lightest person in the world but would that actually cause this to happen in the same place all the time, it’s basically the bottom tile in the middle of the cubicle.

This is something that’s worried me a little, is it my fault? But I’m not an expert at these things and if the cubicle was positioned correctly i assume that shouldn't make any difference to the wall? or can i be happy knowing this isn't my fault as such?

The area tends not to have the shower sprinkling on it constantly but obviously some water will go on it at some point.

The developer is due to come out again in about 2 weeks to take another look at this and i'd like to have an idea of what i can / can't say giving the circumstances, i feel like just putting a layer of new grout in the cracked area may not be enough and maybe they need to take the tile off to see if they is any issue behind the tile, but then would that be a huge job? i guess they would have to then take all the sealant away too because being the bottom tile the sealant is stuck to it, i have also replaced the sealant myself also that they put on originally due to it starting to come away from the wall in places, just where you can see slight gaps appearing when you look down to the base.

Im starting to kind of feel like it is my fault but will they probably say this is not your issue and you will have to get it fixed yourself?

There are cracks here and there around the house anyway, in the plasterboard which is expected in a new build after a year, but is this also one of them kind of expected cracks that i don’t need to worry about? and am i getting them out for nothing?

Sorry if i am rambling on lol.. i just want some assurance about it.

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James


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 12, 2017 2:07 pm 
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The chances are the tiles are put too closely together if not against each other and the grout is not pushed in far enough to grip. If the tile was moving because of weight on the tray or similar then the vertical sides with grout should have been going faulty too. Ermmm, I think so...


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They have been butted and then grouted - rake out the old, wet the groove, then squeegee the new grout in left, right, Up and Down so it pushes in the gap


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:withstupid: They've not left a decent gap between the tiles to get a proper amount of grout in there, hence why it's falling out so easily.

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Let it dry out and use epoxy grout job done

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