Expert Answers in Wet Areas
How thick should the Mortar Bed for a Shower Pan Floor in a Shower?
ANSWER - First of all, the way you construct a shower pan is to first apply a pre-sloped mortar bed to establish a slope to the drain of 1/4" per foot. You can float over…Read More
How do you remove stains in Limestone in an Exterior Application?
ANSWER - Limestone stone is a calcium carbonate sedimentary natural stone. It contains various minerals such as ferrous oxide that when subjected to excessive moisture can develop mineral stains. Sometimes this is just minor staining…Read More
How do I repair the Horizontal Grout Joint between the Bathtub and the Tile wall?
ANSWER - The transition joint between the top of the bathtub flange and the wall tile is not supposed to be filled with a cementitious grout. It should be filled with a resilient ASTM C920…Read More
What is causing water to collect on the clubhouse deck that makes it slippery?
ANSWER - A vapor retarder goes under the concrete slab and doesn't have anything to do with water pooling/collecting on the tile surface. Industry standards require that the exterior tile surface that is subjected to…Read More
Can I install Onyx mosaics in my Shower that don't have grout joints?
ANSWER - First of all what happen to the the 3rd wall in the shower? I will assume it has a different substrate or you aren't tiling it. Not sure why you are using Schluter…Read More
Is it alright to use Silicone Sealant to fix a Shower Leak?
Answer: First of all, all of the transition joints in the shower both horizontal and vertical should not have been grouted with a cementitious grout. They should have been filled with an ASTM C920 resilient sealant…Read More
Can excessive Steam and Condensation in a Shower caused damage to the Ceramic tiles?
ANSWER - If the ceramic tile was installed correctly over a suitable substrate for a shower application then it will not be harmed from being subjected to prolong hot water, steam, and condensation. Ceramic tile…Read More
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…Read More
Why does water puddles show up on my Bathroom Floor when the Water is Shut-Off to the House?
ANSWER - It sounds like a real mystery. The only time you get a puddle of water on your bathroom floor near your toilet is when you shut off the water supply to the house…Read More
Who caused the stains on my Porcelain Tile, The Installer or the Tile Manufacturer?
ANSWER - I am guessing that you had a through-body/unglazed porcelain tile since you said it was a matte finished porcelain tile and you said that the installers were able to grind the surface to…Read More