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Broken Tile Repair Washingtonville NY

Cracked Tile Washingtonville NYWe were recently called into to repair a cracked tile in Washingtonville, NY. As you can see in the picture – the tile was cracked in 2 spots and was also cut in around a wall. This made the repair a little difficult. Due to the fact that the tile was very visible – it could be seen as soon as anyone walked in the door from the garage into the kitchen – the customer just couldn’t live with it anymore!

 

 

 

Cracked Tile Repair Washingtonville NY During After removing the molding we had to remove the grout form around the tile. This is done so that the surrounding tiles do not crack when we attempt to remove the broken tile. The cracked tile is then carefully removed from the floor piece by piece. In the case of this tile it seems like there was a high spot in the thinset under the tile. This high spot was ground down flat. The tile was then cut to fit around the wall and carefully slid in to place. It was glued to the floor then left to sit for 24 hours. We then returned to clean and seal the floor and re-grouted the broken tile. As you can see in the after picture below – the repair was almost perfect! Broken Tile Reapair Washingtonville NY After

Shower and Tub Re-Caulking

We are often times called in to examine a shower or tub surround that is leaking on the ceiling below. Most homeowners initially call in a plumber to check out the problem. If the pipes are found to be in good shape and not leaking many plumbers will give out our name to further investigate the problem.

Missing Caulk

Shower Re-caulking

Many times the culprit is missing or improperly installed caulk. This allows water to migrate behind the tub or shower and leak down below. A simple re-caulk will usually solve the issue. The process involves removing the original caulk and cleaning out the joints so that the new caulk can properly adhere to the tile and the tub.

As you can see by the picture on the left – caulk can also become moldy and unsightly as well. This becomes an aesthetic issue as well as a minor health issue due to the mold. Although this may still be doing its’ job, it should be replaced.

Sometimes moldy caulk can also be caused by improper drainage of a shower pan. Although this can be an easy fix – sometimes it can be a serious issue and can lead to greater damage down the road.

How Often Should I Caulk My Shower?

A great question! Any time that caulk has failed or is missing it should be addressed. Any time it appears moldy as well. Re-caulking is basically part of basic home interior maintenance. It is not the hardest ting to do but there is a bit of an art to making it look nice! Feel free to call us for all your re-caulking needs.