It may look cute, but a couple months ago we realized we had a small leak from our upstairs master bathroom into our basement bathroom's false ceiling. Like bad homeowners we just waited for it to happen again without really inspecting the leaky area and well, it never leaked again -- until a month later when my ceiling was drenched. Yes seriously dripping with water. Wishing I had looked into our situation earlier I did what any good plumber's daughter would do and I opened up the ceiling and turned on the water upstairs. No leak.....turned on just hot....no leak.....just cold no leak.....turned on the shower head.....no leak. I was definitely getting my exercise running up and down the stairs. Finally I pointed the shower head at the back wall of the tub to see if maybe there was a leak in the caulk. Down the stairs I ran and stood underneath the open ceiling to see if I could find that leak.....and YES I did. I was completely soaked from the water pouring out from upstairs.
Long story short -- in case you chose to skip my rambling story :) Over half of all leaks in tile tubs and showers are from the grout and deteriorated caulk. So before you call your plumber out to find the drain leak, be sure to check for cracks in the grout and caulk.
So here is a picture of what our neglected tile looked like -- and what the caulk underneath the shower door looked like -- gross, I know:
And since we needed to regrout we decided to get rid of our shower door circa 1983 and upgrade. Good idea, right?
First step was to clean up that nasty caulk. I used a caulk remover tool and a plastic scraper -- it worked like a charm. It looks brand new now!! :)
While we were at Menards (currently our home away from home) picking up supplies to regrout we happened accross this door:
|Sterling Shower Door in Bishop's Lace|
A beauty, right??? I'm completely in love. And sealing the deal was the clearenced out price tag -- that's right for a mere $80.00 we brought home this beautiful door.
The re-grouting was honestly easier than I thought, although it did take me a Saturday afternoon to do, I'm hoping I'll NEVER have to regrout this bathtub again. :)
|Ahhhh! So pretty now!|
The door went in like a champ (we followed the confusing directions to a tee and didn't want to mess up, so the installation took us WAY too long).
And here is what our new master bathroom looks like.....
(Yes, we HAD to get new towels for our new door, right?).