We had our bathroom completely renovated 2 years ago. A couple of issues have gradually developed, that I don't think are serious enough to call in the contractor to repair, and I'm happy to do the work myself if it's easy enough, so I'm looking for advice on how best to proceed.
The rest of my family will be away for a week over the holidays so I could do the work early that week and allow it time to dry/set, while I use the other tiny bathroom.
Specific product recommendations and/or online resources to learn how to do this stuff would be much appreciated.
Issue 1) There is a narrow ledge next to the tub, on which the grout between the tile and the rounded corner has opened up. Picture
- this is a close-up, the crack is 1mm wide at most, but as water drips onto the ledge when we step out of the bath/shower, I'm worried about water getting in there.
Is there an easy way to just fill this in to protect it? The tub has jets so the vibration may be causing this, in which case I may need to re-fill it occasionally. All the other tiles and grout look fine.
Issue 2) Some of the silicon (?) caulking around the tub has started to pull up. Picture.
Again, if it goes much further water could start to get in.
I did recaulk the old tub a long time ago before the renovation and I don't think I did a particularly good job - it was messy, particularly in the corners, and seemed to start pulling up relatively quickly. I'd like to learn how to do it well and have it last as long as possible. How often should I be expecting to recaulk around the tub?