Squishing Tile Floors
LESLIE: George in South Carolina has a tiling issue. Tell us about it.GEORGE: What I have is I put the ceramic tile down in my foyer approximately 15 years ago and now it’s making sort of a squishing sound when I walk on it; just about a dozen tiles.TOM: Yeah, squishing and ceramic tile is not a good combination.LESLIE: (chuckling) At least it’s not cracking and (makes crumbling sound).TOM: Yeah, exactly.GEORGE: None of it’s loose. I don’t know what’s causing it.TOM: Well, if it’s not loose, let’s not worry about it. If it becomes loose later, then you may have to pull the tile up and re-glue it down to the floor. The noise is probably some of the flex in the floor and tile can take a little bit of that. It’s probably moving on the grout joints. But if you’re not seeing cracked and loose tiles, then I wouldn’t worry about it at this point.GEORGE: It’s on concrete. It’s not a …TOM: Oh, it’s on a concrete surface?GEORGE: Yeah, it’s on a concrete surface.TOM: Well, there’s got to be some movement that’s causing this but if they’re not coming up then I wouldn’t worry about it.GEORGE: Not coming up at all, no. Just like it makes a squishing noise when you walk on it.TOM: You don’t see water coming up through the grout joints, do you?GEORGE: No, I don’t see any water coming up, no.TOM: Right.GEORGE: I put 3,400 square feet of ceramic in this place and I never had a problem with it.TOM: It’s not the rubber soles on your shoes now doing the squishing, is it, George?GEORGE: (chuckling) No, it’s not. (Tom and Leslie laugh) It squishes in my bare feet even.TOM: (chuckling) Alright. Well, listen. If the tile is not loose, I wouldn’t be concerned about it, George.