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Unread 04-11-2009, 09:33 AM   #1
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Leaking outside balcony

We have a balcony outside our bedroom that has a tile floor. Not sure what kind of tiles - the builder just told us that they were "outside" tiles. The house is 3 years old. During the first year didn't know we had a problem as had terrible drought. Once we found out, builder was already in bankruptcy so he wouldn't fix. He said he put a membrane down under the tile. The underside of the balcony is sealmarkcoatings (the whole house was done with that). Finally the pressure of the water leaking through the tiled surface has split the sealmark and we for sure now know it is coming from the tiled area. We have kind of ignored it for the last few months as we've been working 7 days a week...I know...you should never ignore water leaks!

My question. Is there a sealant I can put over the tile so that it will be waterproof or do I have to rip all the tile up and redo the membrane?

Thanks (hoping for the easiest cheapest route!)
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Unread 04-11-2009, 09:49 AM   #2
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Unless you actually painted over the tiles with hydroban (giving you an olive green balcony) you're going to have to remove and re-do.
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Unread 04-11-2009, 09:52 AM   #3
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Sorry to say there's no magic sealant that will correct a serious problem like this. We'd need to ask many questions to nail down the source of the leak, but they'd require knowledge of the installation (or tearing out tiles to examine how it was done). We'd ask about water-proofing, seams, flashing the membrane into the siding of the house, the perimeter of the membrane and how the water run-off is handled, etc. Sorry to say this is a re-do.

If everything except for the waterproof flashing (into the siding) was done perfectly, caulking might buy you some time before the re-do.....but the odds are stacked against it.

By the way, I'm moving this thread over to the Tile Advice Forum for you. I'll leave a link so you can find it easy.
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Hi Annie, welcome. How many sq ft is the balcony? It's best to take it all out and start over, put down a new membrane and tile.
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Welcome, COMPOSERANNIE. Please put a first name in a permanent signature line for us to use.

No, you can't do yourownself any good trying to seal the surface of the tile installation. Better plan for removal and replacement at your first opportunity and do the installation correctly this time around.

I trust Chad's tongue was firmly in his cheek with the Hydroban recommendation. While it might make a temporary fix, it would not only be ugly but Chad knows it is not a suitable wear surface.

My opinion; worth price charged.
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