Re: leak from tiles
Posted by Terry Love on October 07, 1999 at 13:47:53:
In response to Re: leak from tiles

: Hi,

: From a recent home inspection on a house I'm buying, the inspector discovered that some tiles on the tub shower wall appear to be a little loose and possibly soft to the touch. He discovered in the basement that there stains in the ceiling below the bathroom and is saying that water is probably getting behind the tiles. Do all the tiles need to be replaced or just the rows toward the bottom of the wall that appear to be loose. If you try to remove say the bottom 4 rows of tile and replace the wall and then retile, will you have a problem with the tile higher up on the wall? Some people have suggested a wall surround unit that comes in piece. Are these even close in quality and durability to tile? Thanks

For any good tile job, the tile needs to come off along with the tile backer. Inspection of the wood behind should take place and repairs done as needed. This is a good time to inspect pipes and replace the faucet with a pressure balanced unit.

Three wall surrounds can be very good, if the product is something like cultured marble or Corian.

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