Can excessive Steam and Condensation in a Shower caused damage to the Ceramic tiles?

QUESTION

Last week my tenants forgot turn the hot shower tap off. The hot water lasted for seven hours. When we came back the bathroom is very hot and there is a lot of steam on the tiles and ceiling. I wonder if this will damage the tile, like make tiles loose. Thank you.

ANSWER

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 is often used in steam showers and underwater in swimming pools and fountains.  As long as the tile was adhered to a substrate that is suitable for those conditions and that they used the appropriate adhesives and installation methods, then the tile should not be harmed.

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