This is a sponsored post for HomeAdvisor written by myself. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.
Being a homeowner has its rewards but its also not for the faint of heart. You never know when your water heater is going to go out or your furnace will need a tune-up. You have to be ready for this little catastrophe’s mentally and financially.
This is one of those stories where I thought I had the end-all, fix-all solution to a home improvement problem and blogged about it. Turns out, I didn’t.
In my own defense, turns out there may not be an end-all, fix-all solution to this problem after having consulted with a few professionals. The past few months I’ve been noticing the silicone caulk around our main bathroom tub and and kitchen counter crack. 2 1/2 years ago I wrote this post about choosing the right grout. Fast forward to 2015 and it has cracked again.
Several professional tile people had told us that where ever tile butted up to an angle such as tile to tub, tile to window…then you’re supposed to use a silicone grout in a tube. In this day and age tubs are commonly manufactured out of materials that aren’t as durable as their old cast-iron counterparts. This tub is made of fiberglass and has just a little bit of give to it…especially when three boys are beating the heck out it. The theory behind using silicone grout is that it is supposed to have some give and flex when the tub moves.
Having lived with silicone grout seams I can tell you it’s not all it claims to be. Over time, silicone gets old and looses it’s elasticity. You can see I could stick my fingernail between the tub and the tile where the grout had separated. In similar fashion the grout was also cracking where the tile meets the window. It’s so important to repair your grout at first sign of break down because water can get through the cracks and be a potential mold and/or water damage issue down the road.
Instead of DIY’ing it myself this time I decided to call a professional.
Who did I call? (
I turned to my trusty HomeAdvisor.com site…
my favorite free online source to finding trusted home professionals. I called four people and settled on the Grout Doctor.
He had some good reviews on HomeAdvisor’s site plus gave me quite an education about grout when he made his first visit to inspect.
In a nutshell, he told me neither sanded/un-sanded grout or silicone were wrong answers. Fiberglass tubs just have a lot of give to them and grout separation is nearly impossible to avoid. He told me he has used both and neither have a 100% guarantee however he prefers sanded/un-sanded because it lasts longer and holds up better to silicone. Unfortunately it may be an on-going issue that we need to plan in to our home maintenance routine every so many years.
This is totally a doable DIY project. However, if you’d rather have a professional tackle it then I would recommend finding a good source on HomeAdvisor.
The first thing the Grout Doctor did was score and cut out all the cracked grout.
After all the old grout was removed not only did he clean up the mess but he deep cleaned all the tile and grout in the shower surround and backsplash. All the soap scum clad tiles…clean!
Next, he re-grouted all the places where he cut the old grout out. The couple hundred dollars I paid was WELL worth it after seeing all the quality work and time he spent on the areas.
Addition: Our grout started to get minor cracks again a couple months later. Nothing I fault with the install…it’s just going to happen over time. I let the grout dry then bought some silicone clear caulk and went over all the grout that meets a 90 degree angle. The Grout Doctor is not a fan of this because mold tend to grow over time (even with the stuff that says “mold resistant”) but I would rather deal with a little mold cleaning then having to replace the grout every 2 months.
Read my other reviews with HomeAdvisor:
-Installing a pendant light fixture with HomeAdvisor.
-Installing a wood plank wall with HomeAdvisor. (Part 1, Part 2).
–Corner floating shelves with the help of HomeAdvisor.
You also may remember I had the opportunity to fly out to Denver to help HomeAdvisor shoot 20 short DIY videos.
This one will teach you a quick and easy way to clean grout:
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