Leaky tub faucet question

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Labow

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Hi,
I have an old bathtub faucet that is leaking. I’ve determined it’s from the cold water side (cold and hot water have separate knobs). When I went to fix it I found that there was grout all around the valve stem (see pic) which, i believe, I need to remove. Before I started chipping away at it i thought I’d ask if i’m heading the right direction? Also, is the grout required there (do i need to put it back?). Any help would be appreciated.

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Yes you need to remove it, you could grout it or caulk it grout would last longer water will leak into the wall if you don't , even if you caulk the escutcheon
 

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Thanks for the response. This is a tub without a shower head, so no water ever gets near this point. I’m guessing you’re thinking there’s a shower head when you’re saying water would get in the wall?
 
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