Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Concrete Substrate Slab Expert Answers Flood Leak Moisture Problems Repairs

Will residual water from a leak cause damage to my tile installation?

ANSWER - If the tile was installed correctly the residual water/moisture should not harm the tile.  Tile is often installed in showers, fountains, and pools and the moisture should not harm them as long as…

Read More
Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Concrete Substrate Slab Expert Answers installation Installation Guidelines Standards stone

What is the proper Installation Method for Installing Large Format Tiles?

ANSWER - It is hard to see exactly what they did.  Your message says “photo thin set 1/16” is on the floor, 1.5” to 2.5” of mortar mix with less than 90% coverage, and thin-set 1/16”…

Read More
Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Concrete Concrete Substrate Slab Expert Answers Inspections

How can I increase the cure time of concrete?

ANSWER - There are rapid setting concrete mixes that can be purchased like QUIKRETE® Fast-Setting Concrete Mix.  It sets up within an hour, but doesn't stop shrinking right away.  If you heat up the area, some…

Read More
Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Concrete Substrate Slab Expert Answers Flood grout Leak Repairs

How can I find a leak in the Washer Drain Pipe?

ANSWER - If the water is consistently coming up through the tile grout joints when the washing machine drains, and you don't see any water in the wall at the drain pipe, then the water…

Read More
Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Concrete Substrate Slab Expert Answers Flood grout Hollow Sounding Tiles Insurance Claim

Was my Ceramic Tile Damaged Due to Water Loss? And Why did the Insurance Company Deny the Claim?

ANSWER -  If the tile was installed correctly, it should not be harmed by a flood caused by a water heater failure.  There is no way the water could have migrated 10-15 feet below the…

Read More
Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Concrete Substrate Slab Expert Answers installation Showers Stains Wet Areas

Should we replace the discolored Tile and concrete base in the Shower?

ANSWER -  Normally installing tile over damp mortar doesn't cause staining.  We call that a wet set method if the mortar is installed at the same time as the tile is installed.  A thin-set adhesive…

Read More
Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Concrete Substrate Slab Expert Answers Leak Moisture Problems Repairs

Will French Drains around my house stop Ground Water from Seeping through My Tile Grout?

ANSWER - If in fact you have ground water migrating up through your concrete slab and up through the porous tile grout joints, installing French drains around the perimeter of your house could divert the…

Read More
Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Concrete Substrate Slab Expert Answers Flood installation Leak Moisture Problems selection

What kind of Tile Should I install over my concrete slab that has high moisture readings?

ANSWER - I assume you had a water leak of some sort that resulted in your concrete slab having a high level of moisture.  If that is the case, then you should let the slab…

Read More
Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Concrete Substrate Slab Expert Answers Exterior Free Tile and Stone Installation Guidelines installation Installation Guidelines stone

How do we install tile on a new concrete side walk?

ANSWER - First of all you need to determine what kind of tile to install?  It needs to be slip resistant, and it needs to provide a relatively flat surface so no one trips.  If…

Read More
Concrete Substrate Slab Expert Answers Leak Moisture Problems stone Waterproofing

What could cause water to come up through my Grout Joints?

ANSWER - Your engineer was basically saying that you have a high water table, meaning that the underground water is very close to the surface of the ground. The french drains only work if the…

Read More