Weep Holes Clogged?

mikec_dsmSeptember 4, 2010

IÂm seeing water leaking out of our shower and it appears to be coming from where the granite saddle attaches to the frame. It happens when the shower is used repeatedly or if the wife takes one of her longer showers. Is it possible the weep holes are clogged? I notice where the floor meets the floor mildew grows fast. Is there a way of testing this theory? Is there a fix for this without tearing out the entire floor?

Thank you.

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bill_vincent

Yes, there is. Simply chop out the floor from around the drain. If you find alot of water holding in the mud of the pan, that's your problem, and you need to clear the weepholes, put a little gravel around them, remud it, and re tile the patch. If you DON'T find alot of water holding in the mud,, you may have to think about taking out the rest of the shower pan and redoing it, as well as about a foot to 18" up the walls.

If this were a result of clogged weepholes, you would see that hole in the floor fill up quick with water.

    Bookmark   September 4, 2010 at 7:53AM
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Avanti Tile & Stone (Stonetech)

Bill, that shower looks awfully familiar....heh, heh, heh..

    Bookmark   September 5, 2010 at 1:16PM
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mongoct

Bill, your weep holes are not clogged...your DRAIN is clogged! With duct tape! Oh, stacey, poor stacey.

It ain't easy being a diagnostic genius like me!!

    Bookmark   September 5, 2010 at 3:21PM
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bill_vincent

Where were all you Einsteins when I had the problem????? LMAO

See Stacey? That's all we needed to do-- take the tape off the drain!! :-)

    Bookmark   September 5, 2010 at 11:41PM
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johnfrwhipple

Mongo I think found the problem.

Looks like the setter left the tape protection over the drain. A common mistake for "First Years".

:)

What was the solution?

    Bookmark   September 6, 2010 at 10:01AM
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bill_vincent

I took all the tile up, surface waterproofed it with Ultraset, but did not bring the coating up tight to the drain (so that water that got under the marble could drain back into the weepholes below), I also popped another 4 weepholes into the base of the drain, and retiled.

    Bookmark   September 6, 2010 at 12:01PM
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johnfrwhipple

What's your take on Ultraset Bill?

I have not used it before. Is a one step or multi stepped process?

JW

    Bookmark   September 6, 2010 at 12:29PM
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bill_vincent

One step. No vapor barrier required for steam showers. I'll swear by it. Before Kerdi, it was the only thing I'd use for steam showers.

    Bookmark   September 6, 2010 at 1:30PM
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