The real scary story about tiles it is when you see mold in your bathroom after a very short time after the tiles were installed.
Thinking of installing a tile shower in your bathroom? If so, the most important thing to consider is waterproofing. Cement board, backer board, thinset mortar, tile, grout, and sealers aren’t waterproof. Some tile absorbs very little, while grout and natural stone are porous as a sponge. Sealers are manufactured to maintain the appearance of your tile and grout, and they’re not designed as a waterproofing agent.
Common shower installation mistakes to avoid
The most common and detrimental mistakes occur when constructing the shower pan. The plumber generally makes two mistakes: He or she doesn’t insist the builder install the necessary wood blocking for the pan liner, and the plumbing professional installs the pan liner directly over the subfloor. The next error occurs when the tile setter overlooks mistakes made by the builder and plumber. They will install the wallboard that they are comfortable with and float a sloped mud set pan over the vinyl liner in an attempt to provide positive drainage in the finished shower floor.
The shower floor tile and grout will appear to dry in 24 hours, but if your shower was improperly constructed, the 1.5 inches or more of deck mud under the shower floor tile will never dry. Eventually, the moisture will start wicking up the walls behind the tile, and you’ll see mold lines at the wall-to-floor transition, on the curb and even in recessed niches if they’re exposed to enough direct water.
Mold poses a serious health risk, and while some people are more sensitive to it than others, it can have debilitating effects on anyone. Moisture also attracts destructive insects such as termites and carpenter ants that can do incredible amounts of damage to your home before detection and they are costly to exterminate.
What you have to do ?
First of all, when you hire a tile installer be sure that they know how to do the waterproofing. Don’t be afraid to ask them details. We train our installers from the beginning about waterproofing because we consider it a very important step in the installation process.
We are ready to help you with all the details! If you are in Toledo, Ohio or around this area, just give us a call and we can give you a quote !