Archive for March 2018

Grout is popping out of the kitchen tile floor

I have an ongoing problem with my kitchen tile installation project. Same time tile floor was done in our home but the kitchen is the problem. It was done 3-4 years ago by a contractor, however, he never showed up his face to help us. He left some grout with us and said if ever the grout pops up then we can mix it in the water and fill with this mixture. The grout from the kitchen floor always comes out. Underneath, the kitchen is a wood floor. The kitchen is on the second floor. Our family room is also on the second level but no problem with that floor Please help.

When the tile was laid it didn’t have enough mortar/thin set put underneath some tiles…If so then the tiles shift and the grout cracks. I am a 37-year experienced painter but have done all phases of construction work.I was once being a helper for a regular tile man when the painting was slow, and he had a contractor that before he paid them, walked around with a golf ball and from a little over waist high he dropped a golf ball on each and every tile. The ball will respond on a properly laid tile and bounce back with a good solid sound..when he reached one that did not bounce all the way back and made a hollow “thud” sound..he marked that tile and Brian had to pull it and replace it before receiving his check on a completed job.. The best tile layers will possibly have 3 or 4 in a house without enough thin set under them, but a poor tile layer can have 40 or 50 in a house improperly done.. TRY THE GOLF BALL TEST yourself and see..before deciding on the points here.. I bet one of the tiles on an area where the grout is coming up..will give you that hollow thud..keep in mind there are at least two tiles next to the grout, if not 4 if near a corner.I just bet …get a cheap golf ball and try this.You will see what I’m talking about.You can literally pull any improperly laid tile up if careful without breaking it.. scrape the thin set off..and same for the thin set on the floor and reset the tiles… Go through test all your tiles, then put one of them fluorescent garage stickers on each improper one, then reset them.

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