Expert Answers Floor Warming installation Moisture Problems

Should we use an Uncoupling Membrane and how to we warm the floor?

ANSWER - Using an uncoupling membrane will not make the tile installation waterproof, unless you use a special type that can be installed in a waterproof method, and it doesn't really add any value if…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Expert Answers installation Moisture Problems Movement Joints Tenting

What is causing my Ceramic Tile to Buckle / Tent up?

ANSWER - When tile debonds and buckles up we do refer to that as tile tenting.  The cause of tile tenting is normally due to several compounding conditions.  First is that normally the tile installation…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Expert Answers Grout Maintenance Moisture Problems Repairs sealers Wet Areas

Why did my grout Turn White and How can I get back the Original Color?

ANSWER - It is not clear what kind of sealer you used.  Normally sealers are not mixed into the grout when you install the grout, so that may be part of the problem? Grout turning…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile cleaning Expert Answers Maintenance Moisture Problems Slip Resistance Vapor Barrier

Why does my ceramic tile floor feel tacky when it gets cold?

ANSWER - When the interior atmosphere is humid and warm, and the outdoor temperature is very cold, then the tile surface is relatively cold, and in effect it becomes the warm side of a vapor…

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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…

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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…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Expert Answers failures Grout Leak Moisture Problems Repairs Wet Areas

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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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…

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Expert Answers installation Moisture Problems Stains stone Waterproofing

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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Expert Answers Moisture Problems stone Warpage

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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