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How to stop water leaking through my tile grout joints?

ANSWER - If water from your shower is leaking into a crawl space the problem is not the cementitious grout joints.  There has to be an underlying problem with the shower pan's waterproof membrane.  It…

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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…

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Does Xypex Additive in Concrete help prevent Efflorescence in Bluestone Tile?

Xypex is suppose to waterproof the concrete.  So in theory it should prevent moisture migration in the concrete wall to help reduce the possibility of efflorescence.  You can still get efflorescence from the mortar or…

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Can stone tiles warp from how it is stored?

ANSWER - I am assuming that when you say stone tiles, you mean natural stone cut into tile shapes.  When you say the tile bends, I am assuming you mean that it warps. Some types…

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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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Why is my exterior tile deck leaking?

ANSWER - Exterior decks are one of the most common failures in building construction because they are normally constructed incorrectly. When there is a failure it is normally due to compounding deficiencies rather than only one…

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Why is some of the grout in my tile floor damp?

ANSWER - Considering you are on an upper floor so water can't becoming in from the landscaping.   And the spot is away from the shower and other water sources, but in the same room as…

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Does Saltillo Mexican Pavers Crack from Moisture Intrusion?

ANSWER -  All clay based materials can expand and contract to some degree from being subjected to moisture and drying cycles or being subjected to heating and cooling cycles. Authentic Mexican Saltillo tiles contain clay from…

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How do I stop our Exterior Tile Deck from leaking?

ANSWER - 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. If the deck…

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What problems can occur if tile is subjected to a flood?

ANSWER - If the tile was installed correctly, it should not be damaged by being submerged in water.  Although quite often tiles are not installed correctly, and there can be resultant damages from a flood. Whether…

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