A ton of tiles fell off from the bathtub HELP

lynn_r_ctFebruary 28, 2010

I went to regrout the tub and when I did about 12 tiles just fell into my hands. The area where the H/C and bath spiget (SP) is, is all covered with mold under the tiles. The house was built in the 70's and the only thing that was used around the tub was regular sheetrock. The area is about two feet square as far as I can see but I am sure it must reach further. Where do I even begin to fix this mess? This is an apron (porcelin/metal) tub with the drainage/dials on the laft if that matters. My husband is ready to kill me for messing up my "grouting job".

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joed

Gut the entire tub area and install cement based backer board for the new tiles.
Or cover it up with one of those tub inlay units.

    Bookmark   February 28, 2010 at 9:04AM
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HandyMac

The only way to get rid of and prevent future mold is to replace the affected drywall with the correct material used for attaching tile. That will be a concrete type product.

Actually, finding that problem now will result in fixing it before much worse problems occurred. It is not your fault the tiles were installed that way(which was common when the house was built.

    Bookmark   February 28, 2010 at 10:25AM
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mike_kaiser_gw

Sounds like you've got a project in front of you. The only solution is to gut the shower back to the studs and start over using a concrete type backer board.

On the bright side, you husband never really liked those tiles anyway...

    Bookmark   February 28, 2010 at 10:45AM
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maryland_irisman

You merely found a problem that would have presented itself soon anyhow....the tiles would have fallen off on their own and probably broken. At least now you can do the project as already explained and fix the several problems you already have and reuse the tiles if you like them. It's a project you can do yourself but no showers can be taken (tub baths only)until it is finished.

    Bookmark   February 28, 2010 at 2:44PM
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