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Is spot bonding tile in showers an acceptable method of installing tile?

ANSWER - First of all, it is recommend per the industry standards the grout joint width should be at least 1/8" wide for larger tiles, and never less than 1/16" wide. Spot boding tile is…

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How do I remove the grout haze or stains on my new bathroom tiles?

ANSWER -  There are many variables to consider.  First you have to know what type of tile was installed.  Whether it is a glazed tile (impervious glass-like surface) or unglazed tile (same clay material form…

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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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Can limestone tiles be cleaned using Heated High Pressure Extraction?

ANSWER - The reason you will get mildew on the tile in a shower is because the water is not draining or drying properly.  This could be cause of the tile not being installed correctly…

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What is the best tile to use to prevent Leaking?

ANSWER - Regardless of what type of tile you install over your garage, none of the installations will be waterproof unless you waterproof under the tile first. Some tiles are impervious such as glazed ceramic…

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How can I find where the water is coming from in my Leaking Tiled Shower?

ANSWER - First of all if it was installed correctly you wouldn’t have a problem.  To fully figure it out I would have to perform a forensic intrusive inspection, which probably isn’t practical for a…

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How do we install a tile shower over a Wood Sub-floor to meet ADA Handicap requirements?

ANSWER - For an ADA shower you can’t have a curb/dam.   You need a minimum slope to drain of ¼” per foot and no more than ½” per foot.   You need a two part drain…

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Was the Shower Leak Repair done Correctly?

ANSWER - When there are tile failures generally it is never due to one deficiency, but rather due to multiple compounding deficiencies. First of all your grout should not crack.  If water that goes into…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Expert Answers installation Wet Areas

Do you recommend using Mastic Adhesive on Vertical Shower Walls?

ANSWER - The term mastic in the ceramic tile industry is an organic adhesive per ANSI A136.1.   Type 1 and type 2 organic adhesives are to be used only in interior wall and ceilings…

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Can Hurricane Winds cause a Crack in a Tile Floor?

ANSWER - 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. There are a number of different reasons of…

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