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  1. Ozzy

    Ozzy Active Member

    Location:
    Wiltshire
    Apologies if I have posted this in the wrong forum!

    I'm supposed to be tiling a kitchen floor tomorrow. There was a major leak in the pipework in the floor and since taking the old tiles up they have had a dehumidifier on and a heater to dry it out. Is a week enough? The dehumidifier has been off for two days and there haven't been any more damp patches. I'm still a bit worried though. Are there any easy tests I can do to make sure?
     
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  2. Handyeire

    Handyeire Active Member

    Location:
    Ireland
    Put a some buckets on few places on the floor, leave for 2 days and if damp appears, don't tile!
     
  3. Ozzy

    Ozzy Active Member

    Location:
    Wiltshire
    Two days? Dammit, lol. I was hoping for something a bit quicker but will do that thanks!
     
  4. Handyeire

    Handyeire Active Member

    Location:
    Ireland

    I've seen it in 1 day, 2 days and even a week. A week would be better
     
  5. Chalker

    Chalker Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner

    Location:
    Tadcaster
    Hi
    Is a week long enough, or a month??
    It's dry when it's dry. Either measure with moisture tester. Or a simple quick one, use a bucket of water, or paint tin, cut a square of polythene and lay it under. If condensation forms underneath after a few hours, it's not dry.
     
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    Last edited: Jan 10, 2017
  6. Ozzy

    Ozzy Active Member

    Location:
    Wiltshire
    I should have worded that differently, I should have said 'can a floor dry in a week'. Thanks Chalker, I suppose I'll find out tomorrow! :)
     
  7. Tom Astley

    Tom Astley Professional Tiler

    Personally, I would tile it but then I am used to fixing on green screeds. If the screed has already run it's course of drying and shrinking, then a leak shouldn't cause any problems.

    I have repaired tiled swimming pools full of water, with the correct adhesive and they don't fail.

    Some folk should do their homework about moisture in screeds before damning all.
     
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  8. JulianSidney

    JulianSidney Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler

    Location:
    ramsey, essex
    What tiles are you lying in are you using?
    are you using Ditra ?
     
  9. LEE MAC

    LEE MAC Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    BELFAST
    After the initial curing of the screed (provided that it's a standard sand and cement screed) where all shrinkage has already occurred, I'd tile it once it was surface dry provided it was standard tiles or porcelain being used.
     
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  10. Chalker

    Chalker Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner

    Location:
    Tadcaster
    Nobody has dammed it. The word "major flood " was mentioned, so we have no clue how much water was leaked. So advice was to make sure it's dry, !
     
  11. Tom Astley

    Tom Astley Professional Tiler

    Actually it was a leak not a flood.
     
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  12. widler

    widler THE Troll Wannabe Professional Tiler

    Location:
    England
    How old is the screed, is it a few weeks, months or years, i tske it has no ufh ?
    If it was dry before and its got wet , it should be good to tile if still a tad damp .
    Ive seen outside areas tiled on wet concrete with no issues ,.
    My tiled patio was tiled the day after it rained , still solid as a rock
     
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  13. Ozzy

    Ozzy Active Member

    Location:
    Wiltshire
    We decided to wait another week just to make sure. The screed is years old and previously tiled with no problems. I've used Ditra matting once years ago and hate it, everyone seems to love it on here, I don't see the fascination myself. I'm sure you'll all put me right on this! :)
     
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