Hummelstown Shower Pan Demo & Rebuild
Recently JD Tile took on what many contractors will not, a shower pan tear out and redo. For this project many contractors would have wanted to do a total tear out of the shower/glass block walls. JD Tile assessed the project to be a shower pan & bench tearout and to rebuild the subfloor and add new support where needed. Obvious moisture and mold were evident on top of the shower floor and underneath the plywood was black from moisture getting through the liner. A suspected lack of preslope was confirmed. Advised customer to stop using shower as moisture was feeding the mold to grow. Had nothing been done to this shower in a couple years the entire wing that shower was in would have been destroyed by mold. When measuring the pan for the size the tape measure caught tiles on the edge and pulled them up, saturation of the mud bed was obvious. The water had not only damaged the plywood subfloor but also some of the joist structure. 2×4’s and 2×6’s were added and new 3/4″ plywood was installed to replace the entire subfloor. The corner bench was removed and the customer wanted the same size installed. Solid piece fabrication was provided and fabricated by JD Tile to custom fit the top of the seat and rounded off for safety. Customer had previous tiles used to replace first row of tile walls removed in order to carry waterproofing up the wall to give a 100% pan seal effect with new kerdi drain brushed brass and kerdi surface waterproofing. New p-trap installed as well due to old one clogged most likely during the actual building of the home back in the late 90’s. One of the biggest challenges of a project like this is having all the right tools and knowing the structure of a shower pan throughout. JD Tile has previously torn out shower pans with a liner and lead pans. Here is the process from the start to finish. Laticrete’s SpectraLock epoxy grout was used and the same color in Latisil 100% silicone caulk was used to caulk the bench to wall seam.
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