Bathroom tile problems

Why do I have drummy and loose tiles in my bathroom and what can be done about it?

Asked by lauren on 8th Mar 2021
Expert Trade Answers
"The problem you have is down to poor installation. Your tiles have not fully bonded to the wall/Floor. Some of the reasons why has happened is Walls not primed before tiling, if tiles are over 400mm they were not back buttered, for floors this can be as already mentioned and floor subfloor has too much movement and tiles have worked loose. They need to be removed and fitted correctly otherwise water will get behind and create more damage."
Answered on 14th Apr 2021 - Member since Jun 2020 - report
"There are more reasons ...
Water could have gone underneath
These could have been stuck straight onto wood and not used a ditra mat
Tiles stuck with dots and dabs
A section of tiles has to be removed and then the right decision can be made"
Answered on 9th Mar 2021 - Member since Feb 2021 - report
"The wall could be cracked in some areas or plaster is coming loose"
Answered on 18th Nov 2021 - Member since Feb 2020 - report
"Hi there.

Grout was weak so water got through and weakened adhesive so it needs a good tiling after all.

Good luck."
Answered on 10th Mar 2021 - Member since Jun 2017 - report
"If its floor tiles it sounds like the original tiler has not used the correct adhesive and/or used primer"
Answered on 11th May 2021 - Member since Dec 2019 - report
"Tap the tiles lightly, if it sounds hollow then the walls were probably not primed properly before tiling. They will eventually fail and fall off. They need to come off and done properly. Priming the walls first and using flexible adhesive."
Answered on 30th May 2021 - Member since May 2021 - report
"Loose or dummy tiles usually means the tiles are not fixed to the surface either do not have enough adhesive or blown surface areas."
Answered on 13th Mar 2022 - Member since Apr 2019 - report
"Your tiles are moving away from the wall surface, there are a number of reasons why this is happening, the only solution is to remove to find out the real reason and re- tile properly the correct way"
Answered on 8th Mar 2021 - Member since Nov 2018 - report

Most likely there is not applied waterproof membrane and the used wrong materials. Hope it helps"
Answered on 8th Mar 2021 - Member since Jun 2020 - report
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