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Shower stall in master bath of a 15 yr old home. the shower started having water problems after about 1 year, leaking water onto the drywall next to the stall. we have tried everything-recalking, sealing the grout, checking plumbing to see if it was leaking. about 5 years ago, we took the whole shower down to the studs and started over-we retiled, grouted, sealed, and calked. water problems again with wetness on the drywall. we pulled out the calk to recalk again, the shower has not been used for 3 days, and water is still seeping out between the tile and shower pan. who should we call to fix this problem?

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Did you use plastic pipe? What about the shower head? Does it have a rubber o-ring in it? Pull the pipe out of the wall at the shower head and peek inside for the o-ring. If it is there, just snug up the pipe, do not over tighten. We were ready with crow bars in hand to destroy a brand new shower we just finished, because we thought we had w broken pipe, Then the owner says he torqued up the shower head as tight as he could and I read where it had to be just finger tight. One more place to check is the faucet itself, take off the trim ring and look in there for drips. It could be filling up the wall cavity and stay wet for days. I would take apart the drywall on the other side before busting up the tile again. Check it out.

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