Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Concrete Substrate Slab Debonding Tile Expert Answers failures Hollow Sounding Tiles Moisture Problems Movement Joints Tenting

Can moisture in a Concrete Floor cause the Thin-set Adhesive to Deteriorate and result in Hollow and Tented Tiles?

ANSWER - Thin-set mortars should not deteriorate from being exposed to moisture.  Most thin-set mortars are used in showers and in pools and fountains. Moisture that migrates into the concrete slab from the ground and…

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How do I keep the Hairline Cracks in my Ceramic Tiles from Getting Worse?

ANSWER - Normally when there are hairline cracks going continuously through a number of tiles including the grout joint, it suggests that there might be a crack i the substrate below it that is telegraphing…

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How do you repair hollow sounding tiles?

ANSWER - Hollow sounding tiles is not a defect per se.  Depending on the substrate and installation materials and methods being used the tile can have a hollow sound without anything being wrong. On the…

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What can I do about my failed tile floor in the home I bought 1 year ago?

ANSWER - It sounds as though your tile installation has failed and is debonding. It is likely due to compounding deficiencies in how it was installed. The substrate may have not been properly prepared. The tile…

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What caused our tiles to Tent and become Hollow Sounding?

ANSWER -  When tiles tent/buckle up it is normally due to the combination of lack of resilient movement joints and due to the tile not being bonded as well as it should. Movement joints are…

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How do I make Repairs on Schulter Ditra Mat?

ANSWER -  First of all having tiles that sound hollow is not a defect in itself.  Normally when tiles are installed over a membrane of some sort; like Ditra it will cause hollow sounds because…

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What has caused some tiles in my Ceramic Tile Floor to become Hollow Sounding and the Grout To Crack?

ANSWER -  Hollow sounds  on a ceramic tile isn't a defect in itself, but it can be a symptom of a defect depending on the circumstances.   If portions of a tile is hollow sounding or…

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Why do I have loose Grout and Hollow Tiles?

ANSWER - Even though the tile floor was installed 15 years ago, if it was installed correctly it should not have loose grout; unless it was abused in some way.  I am assuming that these…

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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…

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What are the Standards for Thin-set Adhesive Coverage/Contact for Ceramic Tile?

ANSWER - First of all, per industry standards hollow sounding tiles are not considered a defect per-se.  Although a hollow sounding tile, or a portion of a tile sounding hollow, can possibly be a symptom…

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If my tiles sound hollow, should I have them replaced?

ANSWER - Tile having a hollow sound is not considered a defect in itself.  It can be a symptom of a defect.  There are many reasons why a tile can sound hollow.  It could be…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Expert Answers Hollow Sounding Tiles Movement Joints Repairs Tenting

What should I do about my tile floor that made a crackle sound and become hollow sounding?

ANSWER - There is a good chance your tile floor has tented.  This is a condition when the tile is installed without resilient movement joints at the perimeters of the rooms, and then the tile…

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Can we Install Vinyl Plank Flooring over Existing Ceramic Tile?

ANSWER - The finish material installed over the existing tile floor is only as good as the tile floor.   If the tile floor is installed well, doesn't have excessive moisture migrating up through the tile…

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Is it effective to remove voids under tiles with an Adhesive Injection system

ANSWER -  Spot bonding tiles leaving voids under tiles that produce hollow sounds is not an acceptable tile installation method in the industry. Over the years when I have seen attempts to inject epoxy liquids…

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Is a hollow sounding spot on a marble installed on a floor a problem?

ANSWER -  I assume  that when you said "tikes" you meant "tile".  So I assume you have marble slabs installed on your floor, and that you are saying that an 18 square inch spot on…

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Should I be concerned about 2 Hollow Sounding Tiles?

ANSWER - According to industry standards having hollow sounding tile is not a defect in itself.  Although a hollow sounding tile can be a symptom of a defect.

A tile having a hollow sound could…

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Do we have to replace Hollow Sounding Tiles?

ANSWER - It could be that there are voids under those portions of the tile where they sound hollow.  Hollow sounds are not a defect, but they could be a symptom of a defect.  …

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Do we have to Replace Hollow Sounding Tiles?

ANSWER - Hollow sounding tile is not a defect per industry standards.  Although a hollow sounding tile can be a symptom of a defect. If all of the floor sounds hollow or a portion of…

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Should a Marble Floor that was Spot Bonded and Sounds Hollow be Replaced or Restored?

ANSWER - First of all a hollow sounding marble floor is not considered a defect in itself.   It could be a symptom of a defect.  The only way to determine that is to see…

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Can something be injected to fill hollow voids and can you adjust the slope of the tile after it is installed?

ANSWER - I'm assuming the hollow area under the tile is a void.  I have seen people try to inject a flowable epoxy through holes in the grout joints to fill voids under tiles, and…

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