Whether it’s in your kitchen, bathroom, laundry room or throughout your home, there is likely some tile somewhere. It can be the floor in the foyer, your shower, around your fireplace; no matter where it is, if you notice some problems, it could be much bigger than just a bad batch of tile. Foundation problems can present itself in a number of ways, not to be omitted is a sudden issue with your tilework.
While some tile problems can be an issue totally unrelated to your foundation’s condition. If you notice some sudden, or not so sudden, changes with the structure of your home, or the condition of its materials, it can likely be attributed to a greater force than a poorly installed mosaic.
One of the most detrimental things that can happen to your Ascension Parish home is foundation damage. There are many telltale signs of foundation problems, but if they go unnoticed, they very well may begin to appear inside your home.. Here are some common tile problems that could mean bigger issues than those that are appearing on the surface.
- Loosened Tile: Delaminated and debonded tile is the major cause for tiles to come loose. Tiles that sound hollow or come completely off of the substrate, or mounting surface, have become debonded to some extent. The reason this happens is due to moisture and the natural expansion and retraction of the material. While this can be accounted for with control joints and soft joints, it could also point to a foundation problem. Any leaks or excess moisture that are damaging your tile, can also create issues for your foundation, especially if you have a concrete slab.
- Cracked Tile and Grout: If you notice cracks in your grout, they will eventually lead to cracks in your tile. Both types follow cracks that are occurring in the substrate. As the concrete slab that the tiles are positioned upon cracks and becomes compromised, so do the grout and tile.
- Moisture: Moisture is a major issue for any part of your home. This can often occur when tile is installed in the bathroom. A punctured membrane, poor sloping and porous backerboards can all lead to excess moisture. When water has a chance to infiltrate the tile, it can wreak havoc on other areas of your home and cause dry rot, mildew and major foundation and concrete issues.
While tile problems can be frustrating and unsightly, they can also point to bigger problems. With that being said, tile and grout damage can also simply be an isolated issue. It is important to monitor other areas of your home for signs of foundation damage. Doors and windows that won’t stay opened or closed, sloping floors, interior and exterior cracks in the walls, along with these common tile problems can indicate foundation damage. For over 30 years WCK Foundation Repair has been repairing and restoring the safety and value of homes in Ascension Parish and all across south Louisiana. For more information, click here.