Leak from corner of shower pan behind and below pan

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Posted by: from Montreal
8/22/2016 at 8:56:37 AM

Can a Schluter pan, newly installed, but leaking at a corner, be repaired without a complete tear out?

Leak from corner of shower pan behind and below pan
Leak from corner of shower pan behind and below pan
Leak from corner of shower pan behind and below pan
Leak from corner of shower pan behind and below pan
Leak from corner of shower pan behind and below pan
Leak from corner of shower pan behind and below pan
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Date/Time8/22/2016 at 12:23:44 PM

In the picture it looks like the Schluter system is not complete. If they tiled over what is showing in the picture its going to leak. Before the tiles were installed it should have looked like this ( see picture). I have never had a leak in a Schluter shower yet. And I have done about 20 of them in the last 10 years.

Leak from corner of shower pan behind and below pan
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Joe in Montreal
Date/Time8/22/2016 at 1:41:50 PM

Collin...thanks for your comments!

Slither shower base and frame.

All was installed and then the leak was discovered but after all was done so I guess the installer simply did a bad job.can I now with all done place a new tiled Sluther over the existing one and waterproof it and the framed pan at the same time.. or do I have to destroy all as well as my expensive tiles adjacent to the base?

Thanks for your feedback!

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Ernie from Edj Decorating in Winnipeg
Date/Time8/22/2016 at 5:55:04 PM

Is it the pan directly or is it a pipe. If the pan is leaking is it cracked if so replace just take out the bottom portion of tiles, if not then maybe just an over flow of water getting through the re grout with an apoxy grout or water proof 100% pure silicone let sit for 24 hours before using to make sure it has cured.

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Date/Time8/23/2016 at 7:22:29 PM

Hi my name is Dario Palumbo. It looks like they did not apply the kurdi on the base. Anyways u can remove the first row of tile and replace the base and reapply the membrane.


Dario Palumbo

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Matthew from Matt of All Trades in Kitchener
Date/Time8/25/2016 at 8:38:37 AM

As the two posts mention...the waterproofing is not complete.

The pan can be covered with the Kerdi membrane and then the corners must be done properly with the 90deg preformed kerdi pcs then the length of corners with the kerdi band.

It looks like the curb was put in first...also incorrect. The knotch in the wall board at the curb should not be there in my opinion.

So was the tile installed as the pictures timeline suggests?

Generally speaking, there is always a little leakage that happens at the curb, door and fixed panel intersection with big box store shower kits when deviating from plastic base installation. Looks like it was meant to be with a plastic base and you are using the door kit on a custom shower.

That being said, done it a bunch of times and had success but if it is leaking out the back wall and inside the shower only human error on the part of your installer can be blamed, but as can be fixed.

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