In order to prevent tile seepage, you may want to consider waterproofing (otherwise known as sealing) the underlying surface of any tiled areas in your household.
If not protected by waterproofing in times of weakness, the surface area below your tiles may be invaded by seeping underground water, which could cause avoidable damage such as rotting wood surfaces or the build up of damp in the home.
To judge the efficiency of your current waterproofing, or potential for tile seepage, you may employ the technique of tile tapping. This will allow you to establish whether or not you have a problem by tapping your tiles and listening for a hollow sound commonly referred to as ‘drumming’. If the drumming sound is present, the tiles may have delaminated from the surface which could result in a seepage problem further down the track.
If your tiles are made from a porous material such as slate, marble or terra cotta, it is possible to prevent staining by waterproofing the underlying surface. The waterproofing however may be prone to wear itself and you may need to reapply it. Also, beware of heavy chemical cleaners such as ammonia, which will remove any sealer completely.
Tile seepage may also result from mould or developing cracks in the grout between the tiles. Waterproofing ensures that moisture cannot penetrate between the tiles, preventing water from passing though the wall or floor which can often cause expensive damage at a later date.
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