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Old 04-01-2010, 03:47 PM   #1
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Can anyone help me with a question, I'm having some work done in my kitchen, well when the contractor took out my sink he left the line dripping which has caused me to have alot of water underneath my cabinets and tile. Well I know the cabinets are shot and have to be replaced but where the water went under the tiles has cause them to look raised. The contractor says there no possible way that the water caused the tiles to raise up. Everyone i've shown the area of tile to can see the diiference in the floor but the contractor. Is it possible for the water to raise the tile and if so whats the solution?

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Old 04-01-2010, 08:20 PM   #2
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I'm no expert but I have a hard time believing it could raise tile, but I suppose it's plausible. However what may of happened is it actually raised the sub floor itself! Were the cabinets over tile, or is there a "hole" where they used to be? It may have soaked into the plywood and caused it to expand. Still, not good though. Hopefully you can make him repair that for free given it's his fault...

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Old 04-04-2010, 08:21 AM   #3
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Yep, Red Squirrel has a point about the subfloor...I have never seen tiles raised from water, however, 3 weeks ago we had heavy rain and my basement bathroom tiles were soaked. When I walked on them, the tiles felt like they were on sponges. I just left them alone to dry and now they are secure again. My question is, why would the contractor allow water to spill out on to the floor in the first place?
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Old 04-04-2010, 02:34 PM   #4
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Water can damage either the subfloor underneath the tile, especially if it is particle board, or it can damage the thinset underneath the tiles. Most tile jobs are done without using a waterproof barrier such as Ditramat between the thinset and the subfloor, and thinset is simply not designed for long term immersion in water. Sounds like your contractor is doing the logical thing, namely denying all responsibility, however you may want to have an independent third party professional evaluate the cause and amount of damage, especially if you end up claiming against the contractor.
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Old 04-04-2010, 07:47 PM   #5
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Particle board as as subfloor? Scary..Cheap...but scary~ lol
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The tiles are laid over the concrete so there it no particle board sub-floor.

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