I have a new marble shower in a new home. The marble around the drain is dark and discolored. It appears to me that water runs in around the edges of the square drain cover into the area outside of the round drain beneath it. I let it dry out and lighten to the original color, resealed the tile and grout, and after one shower it is back to the dark discoloration. The work was done by experienced contractors. I’d like to know if the problem is in the way the drain cover is installed.enter image description hereenter image description hereenter image description hereenter image description here

  • Can you post some additional pics? (e.g. the underside of the drain cover, and one to show discoloration, etc.) Also, is that concrete in the triangular areas around the drainpipe?
    – gnicko
    Aug 2, 2019 at 18:22
  • I added photos to my original posting.
    – Jbjbt
    Aug 3, 2019 at 3:56

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that dark stuff is concrete or mortar screed under the tiles.

the light stuff is tile adhesive and grout


You can grout over those triangular bits without causing any problems.

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