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If water from your shower is leaking into a crawl space the problem is not the cementitious grout joints. There has to be an underlying problem with the shower pan’s waterproof membrane.

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First of all if it was installed correctly you wouldn’t have a problem. To fully figure it out I would have to perform a forensic intrusive inspection, which probably isn’t practical for a small shower.

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Patching the grout joints to stop the leak is a band aide approach. It does not fix the problem, rather it is only fixing the symptom of the problem.

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When there is failure in a tile installation it is generally not due to one condition or deficiency, but rather due to several compounding deficiencies.

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Exterior decks are one of the most common failures in building construction because they are normally constructed incorrectly.

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First of all, hollow sounding tiles is not considered a defect. There are no standards addressing hollow sounds, other to say that hollow sounds don’t necessary mean it is a problem.

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Expansion joints are a type of movement joint. Movement joints are meant to mitigate expected expansion and contraction movements within the tile assembly cased by temperature variations, moisture variations or from dynamic structural movements.

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