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Patching the grout joints to stop the leak is a band aide approach. It does not fix the problem, rather it is only fixing the symptom of the problem.

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When there is failure in a tile installation it is generally not due to one condition or deficiency, but rather due to several compounding deficiencies.

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The leaking of deck causing damages in the ceiling below is the symptom of the cause of the problem. Treating the symptom will not remediate the cause of the problem.

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If the ceramic tile is installed correctly it can be used in cold environments without cracking as long as it isn’t subjected to moisture during freeze thaw conditions.

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The only way to determine whether or not the travertine tile cracked as a result of the hot water leak is to perform a forensic inspection by a qualified inspector such as our company CTaSC.

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The cementitious backer board should have been glued and screwed every 8″ to the subfloor. The 3×5 foot sheets should have been staggered from each other to make the floor more stable.

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The tile should not crack or flex, or become debonded. That suggests that the substrate is not stable and may have excessive deflection.

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If only the grout is cracking, and not the tile, then normally grout cracks due to excessive movement in the tile assembly for one reason or another.

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