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Question DetailsAsked on 10/12/2015

Repair or remove porcelain floor tile that is separating from grout, lifting up/cracking in a few places in condo?

I'm in a ground floor condo in 30 year old building. 15 years ago I had the slab ground to be level, had porcelain tile installed in the 1037 sq. ft., NOT directly on the concrete. In past 6-10 months, some tile has cracked and lifted up, feels/looks like tile is becoming uneven in several places, and tile is separating from grout in several places. I don't have replacement tiles. I could maybe be happy with stained or polished concrete floor, do NOT want carpet. Some condo dry wall is cracking horizontally, vertically, diagonally. Not just my condo re: dry wall cracks. I am waiting for the report/recommendations from the engineer the COA provided at my request. I'm trying to think ahead of what I might need to do,am trying to work with my COA.

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Porcelain tile installed, NOT directly onthe concrete - oops - sounds like one of these flexible tile mat systems, which violate the very principle of grouted tile - it needs a RIGID backing.

I would guess you will continue to have problems - but if it lasted 15 years and only started coming up in last 6-10 months, especially with the cracking of walls, sounds like a structural issue - so I would wait till you see what that answer is (maybe just get loose tiles put back in for now) and see what the answer is - because while you likely will ahve to take the tile up because it is popping and feeling uneven, doing anything permanent not not knowing what the problem causing the movement is makes no sense - so do minimal now to make the floor usable, and wait for the structural report. Or just wait period, if coming in the next few weeks - you can just cut box cardboard and tape it in place of any loose tiles, so you do not break them walking on them loose.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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