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Old 05-22-2012, 06:49 PM   #1
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Should I remove tile floor after minor flood?


Here is my situation. I rehabbed my basement in Illinois and, after not doing the right research apparently, decided to put a floating porcelain tile floor in the finished part of the basement. The flooring system is Snapstone. I figured that if the basement got a little bit of water, the water would simply evaporate from under the floor. I used a floating floor because we have asbestos tiles in the basement that I didn't want to mess with removing.

About a month after I installed the floor (3 weeks ago now), we had a large rain and the basement got a bit of water from a window well that overflowed. There was no damage to other structures, but enough water got under the floor that you could here a squishing noise throughout about 1/3 of the floor. Since then, the window well was cleaned out and un-clogged, but could possibly get water leakage in the future. As of now, there is still minor water noise under the floor. I emailed the company to ask their opinion and the response was to uninstall the floor, clean up the water and reinstall. They said that the grout would fall apart from absorbing water (which it has slightly started doing) and there would be mold growth under the tiles.

Here is the decision I have to make now. Do I simply regrout the areas of the floor that the grout has been destroyed, leave the floor and not worry about the possibility of mold or do I remove the entire floor? If I remove the floor, I am planning on putting Milliken carpet tiles down instead (they can be removed and dried easily if I get water again). If I remove the entire floor, I may be able to return the uncut tiles as long as the grout is cleaned off appropriately. However, doing this require cutting about 330 sf of grout, which is a major headache. Also, if I remove the floor, I'm not going to put it back down or else I could run into the same scenario on day in the future.

Thanks in advance for any advice!

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Old 05-22-2012, 08:46 PM   #2
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If I remove the entire floor, I may be able to return the uncut tiles
You're f....ing kidding us right? What low-life would do that? Come on, tell us what you really plan to do.

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A logical person would fix the water problum first then worry about the flooring.
And no carpet in any form is not the way to go with that basement.

Mold can set in within a few days, how long have you been waiting, figuring out a way to scam that store?
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What kind of responses are those?

Jaz, you may be the only low-life with a response like that! One, I asked the store if they would accept the tile back after being installed and they said it would be fine. Maybe you don't know how this tile system works and don't realize that it actually cleans up to like-new condition since there is no thin set involved in laying it and the grout removes much better than traditional grout. You can honestly tell me that if the tile was basically in new condition and the store would accept a return, you wouldn't return it for a couple thousand dollars? If so, you must be one hell of a guy!

Joecaption, I'm not trying to "scam" anyone. I spent the first 2 days after the storm resolving the issue that I believe caused the water in the first place since more rain was in the forecast. Then, I was out of town the 2 weekends since the incident, so you tell me when I had a chance to spend hour upon hour removing grout from a floor.

If anyone actually has constructive responses for me, I would certainly appreciate it as opposed to these two clowns.
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What kind of responses are those?

Jaz, you may be the only low-life with a response like that! One, I asked the store if they would accept the tile back after being installed and they said it would be fine. Maybe you don't know how this tile system works and don't realize that it actually cleans up to like-new condition since there is no thin set involved in laying it and the grout removes much better than traditional grout. You can honestly tell me that if the tile was basically in new condition and the store would accept a return, you wouldn't return it for a couple thousand dollars? If so, you must be one hell of a guy!

Joecaption, I'm not trying to "scam" anyone. I spent the first 2 days after the storm resolving the issue that I believe caused the water in the first place since more rain was in the forecast. Then, I was out of town the 2 weekends since the incident, so you tell me when I had a chance to spend hour upon hour removing grout from a floor.

If anyone actually has constructive responses for me, I would certainly appreciate it as opposed to these two clowns.

I also think it's a bit shady to return the product after you already installed it and got it soaking wet.

At bare minimum, I would pull the tile and make sure the basement gets properly dried out. Otherwise, you're guaranteeing a mold problem.
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I'd pull all of it,the last thing you want is mold in your basement,and you sure don't want to put carpeting down there.

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