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Unread 07-18-2021, 05:13 PM   #1
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Tile after a flood

A few days ago we had a water leak in the kitchen. The house is on a concrete slab. The leak was at the edge of the slab, but not visible.

We caught the leak about 30 minutes after it started. We turned the water off and had the floor somewhat cleaned up after another 30-45 minutes. The tile floor had a section about 10x5' that had water and sand flowing across it for 30 minutes to 1 hour.

The tile is on a slab, with Ditra as an underlayment. The tile is ceramic. I used C-Cure thin set and grout.

We called a water remediation service. They were out within an hour and set up 8 fans and a huge dehumidifier. Those have been running for about 3 days now. The humidity in the house is down to 35%.

My question is....
The tile looks fine at this point. Am I going to have trouble with it in the future?
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Unread 07-18-2021, 05:21 PM   #2
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If the tile was properly installed, there's no reason it should be a problem at all, Ron.

My opinion; worth price charged.
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Unread 07-18-2021, 05:26 PM   #3
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Thanks! Ive just heard of people in the neighborhood with major long lasting flooding due to plumbing. And all, or most of the tile came loose.
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Unread 07-18-2021, 05:29 PM   #4
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Seems we'd not be able to make tile showers if what you describe was a problem, Ron.
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Unread 07-18-2021, 05:31 PM   #5
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Good point! Thanks!
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Unread 07-18-2021, 08:30 PM   #6
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Unread 07-18-2021, 08:34 PM   #7
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Water and submerged tile can be an issue if you've used a mastic that can soften if it gets submerged, and some modified cement-based thinsets, but not the vast majority.

Cement isn't damaged by being wetted, or things like the Hoover dam wouldn't hold back water and would fall apart!

Note, thinset is a method of setting tile, and mastic is a thinset material, but most people think of it as being cement based, and that can lead to confusion.
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Unread 07-26-2021, 08:43 PM   #8
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Tile on a cracked floor

I’m wanting to replace carpet and wood with wood look tile on a slab floor.
I haven’t seen the concrete slab floors in 10 years. I figure there will be at least a few cracks.
Is there any way to tile over minor cracks and not have the tile crack?
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This the result of the flood damage for which you have a thread, Ron?

No way to know about your cracks 'till you see them. If you have cracks, It's very important to determine if there any height differential between the sides of the crack. That will determine whether you can address them to allow a successful ceramic tile installation.

'Bout all I can say before we know what you're actually dealing with.

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Unread 07-26-2021, 09:57 PM   #10
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Yes, it is. My kitchen still looks fine. Wood and carpet, not so much.
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Need to transition between high and low tile

I am getting ready to remove a partial wood floor that is water damaged.
The 1/2” wood butts up against tile that was installed over Ditra, making it 1/2” high.

I am replacing the wood with 6x36” porcelain wood look tile.
That means the new tile will be about 1/8” lower than the old tile.
I can’t afford Ditra under the new floor.

How can I handle the transition?
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Unread 08-12-2021, 08:19 PM   #12
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The big box stores have wood/laminate transition pieces that should work if you're okay with that style.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/TrafficM...7172/202309397
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The doorway looks like a standard size, meaning it’s 36” or less. Since you’re using a 36” wide tile; consider ripping a piece down to 2 or 3 inches and using it as a threshold. It would have a bit of a tilt across the doorway, but since it wouldn’t have a lip, but rather an 1/8” ramp; I expect it would be less of a trip hazard than a wood threshold. Just an option to think about…

Now that I posted this, what I thought was the door at the side of the picture, looks to be some stuff in the room. If the doorway is wider, you’ll wind up with a joint somewhere in the middle. May not look as clean as a single piece. As they say; your mileage may vary.
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You still need undrlayment, 1/4 board will put you at the same height. You’ll find that the time you thinset board and tile you’ll run about the same height. If the plank is wonky you may be higher. As mentioned Id rip a piece and mimic the transition as it is now just in tile.
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Back Butter Tile?

I’m having wood look, 6”x36”, porcelain tile installed over a slab floor.
Should I expect the installers to “back butter” the tiles?

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