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Question DetailsAsked on 7/12/2016

excellent companies to clean up tile ceramic dust in Raleigh, rocky mount, wake forest area

Ceramic Tile was installed in 2 bathrooms in my home. The contractor did not cover up anything and they cut the ceramic tile inside the home. Home can not be lived in now, because of the ceramic tile dust.

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Answered 3 years ago by Member Services


Grossly incompetent, if you mean tile was cut indoors with a circular tile saw as opposed to nippers or tile scribe-and-snap table (which create a few chips but negligable dust). Contractor should be paying for this cleanup - document with photos and preferably one or more other people seeing the amount of dust too. Though I would say, if you saw this happening at the time, you should have shut it down as soon as you saw dust billowing out.

House Cleaning would be your Search the List category for a cleanup vendor - tile dust is quite inert so not likely to have damaged anything permanently, and should dust/vacuum up pretty easily - though if it got into the carpets in earnest will likely need a carpet cleaning rather than just a vacuuming. Basically you need a "post-construction cleaning" - top to bottom, including first vacuuming/dusting to remove as much as possible, then washing or damp-wiping down all surfaces as applicable, but not including the "deep cleaning" of range, reefer, tub, etc scrubbing. NOTE : if a quarry tile or similar "clay" rather than fired tile, especially if red or bright yellow on the cut surface (the tile itself, not the glaze), then you have to be careful about wet-wiping it because it can smear and coat surfaces terrribly - so dry dusting/wiping first with tack cloth, then a full multi-pass wet-wash is necessary to remove it because once it gets wet, if it is not totally washed of at that time, when it dries it sticks to the sruface taenaciously - think deep south or southwest US red gumbo or adobe clay that gets on vehicles in the wet condition.

Normal size house - probably $150-250 range would cover most of the range of labor cost areas for this - pushing double that if heavy dust in carpets so they have to be wet-cleaned rather than just vacuumed, which would mean a Carpet Cleaning contractor as well.

And if really heavy dust such that it is a respiratory hazard to live there - you could claim temproary living expenses till cleaned up too.

As far as safety - unless the tile had special colors in the glaze from hazardous metals like arsenic or beryllium, the dust itself should be "harmless" other than being messy. Manufacturer would have to identify any hazardous materials in the product MSDS sheet - generally unless metallic glaze or shocking greens or blues is harmless - and box swhould indicate (if one is still around) if any safewty measures other than eye protection and dust mask are necessary when cutting it with a saw. If only a dust mask and not a protective respirator is required (assuming manufacturer labelled it as required by US law), dust should be harmless unless scooped up and eaten.

IF contractor refuses to pay for the cleanup (before it is done) you file a claim against his insurance orhis bond (both might potentially cover this, because bonding should cover the cleanup/dust from cleanup as part of the course of or incidental to the work, but insurance might cover based on the dust traveling beyonde the work area so could be called collateral damage not directly part of the work (which bonding should normally cover). Or I guess (though tiny amount) could sue in small claims court.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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