Basement Ceiling Leak and Shower Re-Tiling Series

En Suite Shower Corner

Have you faced one of those home renovation projects which seem to go on for absolutely ever? What about a water leak in the ceiling of your basement? Have you ever had to deal with one of those? Well, for us, the answer was yes. Only a few months after we moved into and renovated our new home we came upon a brown stain in a few of the ceiling tiles in our basement. Finding that brown stain lead us on an adventure to locate the water leak. Because of its location there were several … [Read more...]

En Suite Shower Leak – Part 1

Newly Stained Ceiling Tile

This article is actually a continuation of the Basement Ceiling Leak series of articles. We changed the title because this is a new leak which occurred after our en suite shower floor was repaired less than 1 year after our home renovation. If you want to see the prior article in the Basement Ceiling Leak series, simply select this link to Part 22. Now, we are at the point where Bennett had finished installing the new shower floor and, confident that we would have no more shower … [Read more...]

Basement Ceiling Leak – Part 21 – Shower Tap Tile Repair

Initial Shower Taps Intallation

In Part 20, Bennett had finished grouting the floor tile and installed the wall tile within the new shower floor to repair the leak from the initial home renovation project. He returned the next day to complete the shower repair. First he applied the grout to the ceiling tiles he replaced along the lower shower walls. Next he repaired the installation of the shower water taps. How? Well, below is a picture of the taps on the wall from the initial shower renovation. Look closely … [Read more...]

Basement Ceiling Leak – Part 20 – Shower Drain Plumbing

Original Shower Drain

In Part 19 the new shower floor was grouted and the wall tiles installed as part of repairing the leaking shower floor that was installed less than a year ago during our major home renovation activities. The next task was to connect the new floor drain to the existing plumbing. If you recall the location of the floor drain in the original shower floor was within a foot and a half of the built-in bench. It was felt that the preferred location was more to the center of the floor for a … [Read more...]

Basement Ceiling Leak – Part 19 – Wall Tile and Grout

Grouted Shower Tile

We showed in Part 18 how the 4 inch by 4 inch floor tiles were layed on the floor of the en suite shower as part of our home renovation repair. Below is a picture of the new shower floor before the grout. So, the next step is to put the grout amongst the floor tile the day after the tile was layed.  Notice how the grout (per the picture below) is a darker shade than the grout on the existing wall tiles yet is a nice complement to both the floor and wall … [Read more...]

Basement Ceiling Leak – Part 18 – Shower Floor Tile

Shower Floor Tile 1

In Part 17, the rebuilt floor in our en suite shower was now ready to be tiled. Now, remember that our new shower drain grate was 4 inches X 4 inches square. So Bennett started the tiling from the drain grate outward from the grate in the center of the shower floor towards each wall. He divided, visually, the shower floor into 4 quarters. He started from the grate out towards the right side of the built-in shower bench, first applying another layer of thin-set mortar (the third if you … [Read more...]

Basement Ceiling Leak – Part 15 – Enter Schluter Systems and the Kerdi Drain


In Part 14, the new concrete floor for the en suite which was installed during last year's home renovation / makeover project had been poured and the 'oversized' hole for the floor drain had been created. Why? Well, Bennett is using a different type of floor drain, anti-leak product form Schluter Systems called the Schluter-Kerdi-Drain. I had never heard of it before. Bennett has used it to install more than 40 showers to date an swears by it. He has never had a single leak in any of those … [Read more...]

Basement Ceiling Leak – Part 14 – Commencing the New Shower Floor

Poured Concrete Shower Floor

In Part 13, Bennett and his son Alex had removed the last of the original shower stall's poured concrete flooring, the black plastic leak barrier,  and the floor had sufficiently dried over the weekend. Today we were ready for the new shower stall floor installation to begin within the still new en suite shower that was installas as part of last year's home renovation / makeover series of projects. If you recall, here was the condition of the exposed shower floor, with the cement board … [Read more...]

Basement Ceiling Leak – Part 13 – Drying Out the Floor

Shower Floor 50

In Part 12 we uncovered the improper fold of the water proofing mat that was also letting the water leaking from the wall / floor tile joins out of the mat and onto the particle board, drywall, etc. Disappointing that the en suite shower we had installed as part of our home renovation effort less than a year ago was already giving us problems. Now, the water proof mat is removed and we see the extent of the water leak. In the above picture, notice the dramatic difference in the colour … [Read more...]

Basement Ceiling Leak – Part 10 – Remainder of Shower Floor Removal

Shower Stall Repair 021

In Part 9 we saw how Bennett used a small jack hammer (or more correctly called a Rotary Hammer Drill) as part of the repair of the home renovation project to install an en suite shower. Here is what the scene looked like once the broken up portion of the shower’s cement floor had been removed. So, it took about 2 and 1/2 to get to the above picture. Bennett returned the next day with a flat edge drill bit. The pointed drill bit was working but it was breaking up the concrete … [Read more...]

Basement Ceiling Leak – Part 9 – Meet Mr. Hammer … Jack Hammer

Superior Rotary Hammer Drill

In Part 8 we saw how simply using the hand-held circular saw was not overly efficient. There was just way too much gosh darn poured concrete underneath the floor tile. Enter Mr. Hammer; Jack Hammer :-) The next day, Bennett returned with a small jack hammer. The was the Rotary Hammer Drill by Superior Power Tools. It was a 120V - 60Hx 1100W hand held power drill. Notice the drill bit attached to the power drill, how it comes to a point. Bennett borrowed this from a colleague and … [Read more...]

Basement Ceiling Leak – Part 8 – Shower Floor Removal Begins

Shower Stall Without Door

In Part 7 we came up with our action plan: rip out the entire floor of the shower stall to find the cause. Yuk. But, in our opinion, we had no choice. So, the first thing Bennett did was to remove the glass door surrounding the shower. In the picture below you can see the lower hinge of the glass door in the lower left. This would make it easier for him as he would constantly be going into and out of the shower. Next, he brought in his utility vacuum and hand held circular saw. The … [Read more...]

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