Tiles are some of the most aesthetically pleasing but functional ways that you can decorate your floors with. There is a tile design for virtually any kind of look that you may be going for. Tile functionality is also very versatile. Do you want to place tiles on your bathroom floor? Get slip-proof tiles, and you should be fine. Do you need tiles for your kitchen counter? Easy-clean tiles should take care of your tile problems. Are you thinking of tiling up your backsplash? Glass tiles that are very elegant are available.
Unfortunately, improper tile installation or maintenance run a chance of damaging your tiles or destroying them altogether. There are some telltale signs that your tiles may be undergoing some stress, and stress is the last thing you want for your tiles since this can lead to permanent damage. This can be problematic.
7 of the Most Common Tile Problems You Can Encounter
The solutions to tile problems can range from trivial to annoyingly difficult. No matter what the solutions are however, there are telltale signs that you have to watch out for before permanent damage happens.
Here are 7 of the most common tile problems you can encounter.
Mold and mildew
Mold and mildew are most commonly seen in the spaces in between tiles. These are usually signs of water leaks or humidity. If you see a large amount of mold and mildew on your tiles, you shouldn’t worry too much as these are pretty easy to clean. A commercially available kitchen or bathroom cleaner should work.
Some cases, however, will require professional help. Ultimately getting rid of mold and mildew should solve the problem straight at the source, after all. Merely cleaning them away will not always solve the problem.
Cracks on your tiles can come from many sources, with the most obvious one being a direct physical impact. This is not always the case, however.
You also have to make sure that you do not place excessively heavy or damaging objects on top of the tile as these can lead to damage if left there in the long term. Cracks can also happen if the tiles are too dry or when exposed to excessive amounts of heat.
Discoloration and stains
Tiles absorb water, based on what material they are made of. Some tiles change colors and become unsightly when they absorb too much water so discoloration may also be a sign of water leaks. Other sources of discoloration and stains also include weathering or exposure to some incompatible chemical agents. Make sure that your cleaning fluid isn’t causing the discoloration.
The most common reason for a tile going loose is that the tile has become disconnected from whatever it is mounted to. The best way to solve a loose tile is to reset the tile using an adhesive agent and make sure that the other tiles are set in place firmly. Loosened tiles often happen in groups, as this is caused by the expansion of concrete. Make sure that the other tiles are in good working order and well-attached, and you should be good to go.
Residues can sometimes set and settle onto your tiles. Some residues can be a sign of water damage or leaks, whereas sometimes residues can also form as a result of using hard water excessively. Either way, these unsightly residues can sometimes be fixed by scrubbing and using cleaning agents, but the best way is prevention. Make sure that you keep your tiles well-dried.
Tiles popping up or lifting
Tiles can also pop up as a result of temperature changes or humidity. These can lead to the contraction or expansion of the adhesive agents used in setting the tiles. Air pockets in cements can also be the culprit. If this occurs, make sure that you get it checked as it may be a sign to an underlying structural problem.
Tiles can change in size depending on ambient temperature, and this is the reason why there are small spaces between each individual tile. Expanding tiles should not be a problem as long as there is ample space for them to expand. If the tiles start to get damaged from expanding, however, it may be time to seek professional help.
Get Expert Cleaning Help for Your Tiles
Regular and proper cleaning is one of the best ways to extend the life of your tiles and address common tile problems. If you feel that your tiles are already starting to get damaged, or if you just want to prevent any of the unsightly signs, then why not give us a call? Prestige Property Services has professionals that are well-equipped and highly experienced. You can contact us at 714-224-0301.