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1970s home WA - Water damage/missing grout - help

Discussion in 'Repairs & Maintenance' started by nevernotspurs, 13th Nov, 2015.

  1. nevernotspurs

    nevernotspurs Active Member

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    Hi guys, I got the below quote from my Property Manager because the recent inspection revealed water damage in the bathroom. This looks like a serious problem and with my lack of experience I don't see any way of avoiding this but I also don't see they are able to fix issues that are behind tiles causing damage to the adjoining wall which they said is happening. I have absolutely no idea if this is a fair quote for this work, also looking for any info that may be helpful. At this sort of price would it better to do some sort of small reno? Any help appreciated...

    Upon inspection of the site it was found that there was significant deterioration of the grout in the main perimeter joint of the shower recess, with areas where it was completely missing. The grout around the waste was missing in some areas and the floor grout was deteriorated and porous. There was a section of floor tiles that were hollow underneath. The wall tiles are butt jointed in many areas and the wall grout is deteriorated and missing in parts. Water was detected beneath the floor and wall tiles, up to 5 tiles high on both walls. Water is being absorbed behind the tiles and into the surrounding area, causing damage to the adjoining walls.
    Standard Megasealed Perimeter + Megagrip Floor - Main Shower $‎695.00
    Standard Megaflex Plastic Bath Service - Main Shower - Same Day As Shower Service $‎195.00 QUOTE TOTAL $890.0
     

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  2. HD_ACE

    HD_ACE Game-Changer Premium Member

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    I used the same method for the same simptoms on one of mine. Missing tiles and grout. Think mine was around 900 for shower and bathtub. Pretty sure it was megasealed to. No problems since 2012.
     
  3. WattleIdo

    WattleIdo renovating Premium Member

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    Can't see the quote? What are they proposing to do? I'd re-tile.
    Edit: oh I see it now... sorry
    Like the tiles but I'd re-tile.
     
  4. nevernotspurs

    nevernotspurs Active Member

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    So do the seal and re-tile?
     
  5. HD_ACE

    HD_ACE Game-Changer Premium Member

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    Either spend the money and re-tile it all properly, or go with the sealing above to water proof it like new until your ready to renovate/replace/demo.
     
  6. Stu

    Stu Well-Known Member

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    Personally I believe that the gap between the bath and tile would suit silicone better than re-grouting.
    Very common problem in WA - cant see any other option but to pay the money for the quote above or rip the tiles off - waterproof and re tile.
    It would also pay to let the wall in the surrounding room dry out totally before trying to fix.
     
  7. datto

    datto Well-Known Member

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    Get another quote and compare.

    At least it's tax deductable.

    These sort of jobs I DIY and save heaps but I like getting my hands dirty . I'm a grout man!
     
  8. kitdoctor

    kitdoctor Well-Known Member

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    I agree, usually silicone would be used between the edge of bath and a tiled wall, particularly if the bathtub's edge is integrated into the tiled wall (like your photo) and was plastic and hence flexs.
     
  9. Tim & Chrissy

    Tim & Chrissy Well-Known Member

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    Sounds like all your undertile water proofing has failed. I don't know how effective the proposed fix will be however it's far cheaper than stripping out the bathroom and re-doing it.

    Just to get a waterproofer in after demo would cost $500+ and then a days work for a tiler doing the wall and floor will be close to $1000 in labour alone. Add tiles, new villa board etc etc and the $890 is looking like a great option.