Popping floor with tile grout cracking.

judyag_44August 9, 2007

We built our home in 2003. It is wood frame construction and is very "solid" except for a problem that we have recently noticed just inside the back door (about 2 feet from the door).

When we walk across it there is a slight popping noise and the grout between the ceramic tile is cracking in that area. So it would appear that there is a bit of "give" in the subfloor?

How can we correct this? Am afraid to wait for fear that the damage to the floor will worsen.

Would really appreciate your input on this developing problem!



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Are you sure it's not a water problem? The location next to the door leads me to this conclusion. An improperly flashed door will leak more than likely and result in exactly what you've described.

Can you get at the subfloor from below? If you can, get down there and poke around...literally. If it is water, you should see darkened wood or white-ish stains. If you poke at it with a screwdriver if might feel "punky".

Hopefully, it's not a water problem. If it is and you simply fix a weak joist, but not the root cause, you'll be right back in the same situation 5 yrs from now.

    Bookmark   August 9, 2007 at 12:20PM
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You need to solidify the floor and get rid of the flex. How that is done would depend on what is there now. Might mean tearing out the floor and installing cement backer boards.

    Bookmark   August 9, 2007 at 4:06PM
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The problem has one solution. Remove the tile and probably water damaged, improperly sized or improperly secured or the wrong substrate all together.
Agree with improper flashing causing the problem. I just tore out a tile foyer for a customer, due to a few of these problems. Previous owner nailed down 1/4" wafer board over maple strip flooring and installed tile on top. Water wicked in from the homeowner(again previous) installed front door. No flashing, wet sand against the wood and no caulking under the threshold.

    Bookmark   August 11, 2007 at 12:22PM
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