Grout is more important than you think.
What is grout? Grout is a construction material used to embed rebars in masonry walls, connect sections of precast concrete, fill voids and seal joints. Grout is generally composed of a mixture of water, cement, sand, often color tint; and sometimes fine gravel. Grout serves the purpose of keeping water from seeping between tiles so missing grout will cause water to leak.
Shower pans or bath tubs missing grout result in water leakage. Sometimes the leakage is a slow repetive leak that results in mold or mildew over time. If you smell mold or mildew, you may want to check the grout.
Keeping the grout in good condition requires regular home maintenance. It is easy to do or you can call a contractor to do it for you.
In any regard, it is recommended to check your grout every so often to be sure you are not incuring water damage that you cannot see.
This has come to our attention after one of policyholders suffered extensive water damage from a bathroom missing grout on the second floor caused water damage onto the first floor. The water damaged the sheetrock, ceilling, insulation, flooring, etc. Keeping the grout in good condition is considered by the insurance carriers to be part of your regular home maintenance.
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