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Tub door water leakage

We had our bathroom remodeled nearly two years ago. Everything was good until two weeks ago when we noticed the dry wall paint outside the bath tub was bubbling and pealing off. The condition worsened when a spot on the dry wall just an inch outside the top of the tub line softened and I was able to poke a hole through and water was coming out. We suspect that where the underside of the door track meets the surrounding tile was not sealed properly. As a result, water eventually escaped through the tile, and coming out of the wall.

When we remodeled the bathroom, the tub has a lip around all three sides, in front of which hardie-backer cement boards and tiles were installed. Contractor said, if there is water getting behind the tile, it will flow down to the tub and trapped by the lip. So it won't go behind the cement board. Since the under-edges of the surrounding tiles were all sealed with silicone, water now finds the way out underneath the shower door track. We asked the contractor. Their recommendation is that reseal all the edges inside the tub, making sure that no water can get behind the tiles, even to the lip. We are not sure if this is a permanent solution. Any advice?

p.s. I have a picture, but not sure how to save it in a size less than 19.6 kb. The website keeps rejecting my photo.

A. Spruce
Re: Tub door water leakage
A. Spruce

Water will ALWAYS find the easiest flow out. You have a seal gone bad somewhere, recaulking the entire shower would be the best course of action and should stop any further leakage IF the leak is coming from inside the shower, which is the most common place.

All the old caulk needs to be removed, all around the door, wall/tub joint, and vertical corners, all of it! If you've got any kind of mold or mildew, treat the cleaned areas with a bleach solution and let it sit. Wipe everything down really well with a clean rag and let it dry completely. Recaulk all joints with a good tub/tile caulk or silicone sealant.

Re: Tub door water leakage

Thank you for your suggestion. Not sure if I should take down the door and seal underneath the track and behind.

A. Spruce
Re: Tub door water leakage
A. Spruce

You can if you want to, though sealing the inside joint should be enough. Make sure you don't block any track drains.:cool:

Re: Tub door water leakage

What do you mean by track drain?

A. Spruce
Re: Tub door water leakage
A. Spruce

If you've got a track that the bottom of the doors sits in, there will be drain holes every so often along its length. If you have a "trackless" door, then no worries.

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