Prevention And Repair Of Common Bathroom Tile Problems

Tile is a favorite choice for bathroom floors, backsplashes, and tub surrounds because it is easy to clean, durable, and waterproof. Unfortunately, like any material, tile can suffer damage. The following are some common problems and what you can do to prevent or repair the issues.

Grout Stains

Although tiles are typically resistant to stains, the grout between the tiles can be stained. Mildew, mold, and grime can all lead to unattractive stains. There are two strategies that can help prevent this problem. The first is to choose darker colored grout that won't show stains as easily. The second strategy is to have the grout sealed so that it won't stain as easily. If you already have stained grout, a professional grout cleaning may remove the stains. You can also have the grout painted and sealed to camouflage stains that can't be removed.

Loose Tiles

A loose tile can pose a tripping or slipping hazard if it is on the floor. Loose tiles anywhere in the bathroom also pose a leak hazard. If moisture gets behind the tile, more tiles may come loose or you may even end up mold in the walls or floorboards. Proper installation and grout sealing can prevent tiles from loosening. If you do have a loose tile, a tile repair technician can clean up the area and reattach the tile to fix the problem.

Failing Grout

Sometimes grout starts to crumble and fail. There are many reasons for this, including age, improper installation or mixing, and small chips or cracks that have allowed water into the grout. Having the tiles installed by a skilled tile service and keeping the grout sealed helps prevent the grout from failing. If you do notice that the grout is starting to crumble, call for a repair as soon as possible. The repair tech will remove the old grout and replace it with new before further damage can occur.

Chips and Cracks

Although durable, it is still possible for a tile to develop a crack or to get chipped. Other than being careful, chips and cracks are hard to avoid. Small chips that don't penetrate the tile can be sealed with a clear sealer so the chip doesn't develop a stain. Larger chips and cracks that aren't in obvious areas, such as behind a toilet, can be patched with silicone caulk. For those that are visible, replacing the tile is the best repair.

For more help, contact a residential tile service in your area.