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  1. Dipesh

    Dipesh Active Member

    Location:
    Leicester
    Hi all, I'm hoping you can advise me on a few things.

    We have recently had underfloor heating installed. All was going well however whilst the builder was fitting the system, I noticed that he was using Everbuild 708 levelling compound to embed the wires. I could see anywhere on the packet that it is suitable for UFH.

    The current situation is that the UFH is down and covered and 708 and looks well. However...

    I rang Everbuild and they have confirmed to me that 708 is not suitable for underfloor heating and may potentially crack in the future!

    This leads me to a few questions.

    How likely is the 708 to crack when the UFH is in use?

    Secondly, I have read about Durabase matting. Is it worthwhile me getting this put over what I currently have to ensure it doesn't crack?

    The builder refuses now to do anything more and it is a fair size area (20+ sq m) so I'm looking for a cost effective solution as it will cost me a fair bit to get it taken up.

    My plan was to have Karndean tiles fitted over this surface.

    I hope you can advise me in the right path as I'm pretty anxious and feel really let down and my kitchen is in a right state!

    Thank you.
     
  2. Plan Tec Tiling

    Plan Tec Tiling Administrator Staff Member Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    Wimborne, Dorset
    If it's not flexible then it could very likely crack. Only time will tell.

    Is there are expansion gap on the perimeter? Do you not have any comeback with the builder?
     
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  3. 3_fall

    3_fall Administrator. Staff Member Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    SW London
    How can the builder refuse to correct his mistake?
    If it's wrong and he's used unsuitable materials that he has chosen, then he's at fault, end of!
     
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  4. Dipesh

    Dipesh Active Member

    Location:
    Leicester
    Thank you for your reply.

    There may be a very small gap in some places but I don't think there has been any allowance made for expansion.

    He seems to think it will be fine. It's only after I have called Everbuild to confirm they have told me this. I've not paid him for any labour, just materials (mats, adhesive, insulation mats)

    I assume the insulation mats would be shot if it has to be lifted?
     
  5. JulianSidney

    JulianSidney Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler

    Location:
    ramsey, essex
    as has been said, the builder (as happens to often) has used the wrong materials and has no option but to take everything up and start again at he's cost.
     
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  6. Spacey

    Spacey Super floorlayer.

    Location:
    Newcastle
    He's used the cheapest stuff he could get his hands on there.

    It's only suitable up to 6mm in thickness
    Encapsulated UFH must have a 8-14mm coat to except karndean and the floor temp must not exceed 27°c max.

    Builders are nobs in my experience and should keep away from floors full stop they only cocktail things up and cost people time and money.

    Has your UFH Been commissioned?

    I'd be tempted to turn it up full belt to give the screed a thermic shock.
    Guessing he won't have used and primer either or not properly anyway. There's a good change it blow off the floor with out damaging the UFH.
    Then ring him and tell it's all his fault
    Don't mention what you've done though :rolleyes:
     
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  7. impish

    impish Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler Top Contributor

    Location:
    Lancashire
    No need to take it up. Get an uncoupling membrane such as BAL Rapidmat and fix that to the dodgy leveller, then cap that with 5 or 6mm of proper leveller.
    Remove the cost of that from what you owe the builder and give him an invoice.
     
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  8. Spacey

    Spacey Super floorlayer.

    Location:
    Newcastle
    I'd see if it'll blow first before you go any further Theres a good chance it wont be bonded. Also it's Karndean going down so would be laid in a wet set high temperature adhesive. When karndean gets hot it tries to expand If the screed isn't bonded well enough it will take it with it when it expands
     
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  9. Dipesh

    Dipesh Active Member

    Location:
    Leicester
    Thank you gents. I will look at the Bal rapidmat.

    The currrnt floor is at 5mm, when they fit the Karndean fitters will going over with a further level at 3mm to give it 8mm.

    I saw him prime the floor, that bit looked proper and it was very sticky.

    Would an uncoupling mat be ok with a 3mm levelling compound on top? I'm thinking floor height could be getting quite high with anymore!
     
  10. impish

    impish Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler Top Contributor

    Location:
    Lancashire
    Good point Spacey makes - if it is badly bonded it will ruin anything ontop. Best get it heated up and cooled down before deciding how to proceed.
    As for minimum depth on top of Rapidmat, I'd suggest a call to BAL technical, they're always helpful: 0845 600 1 222
     
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  11. Spacey

    Spacey Super floorlayer.

    Location:
    Newcastle
    Seriously don't go any further until you know what happening with this everbuild gear. It will only cost you more money in the long run.

    What colour was the primer ?
    Green or blue ?
    Or was it white ish ?
     
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  12. Dipesh

    Dipesh Active Member

    Location:
    Leicester
    Thanks guys. The primer was from the underfloor heating store that came with the kit. It was white and very running.

    Do you suggest a procedure for getting it up to temp? How hot and for how long would you say run the heating for?
     
  13. Spacey

    Spacey Super floorlayer.

    Location:
    Newcastle
    OK I know what it is.

    It the UFH visible or even still sticking up through the screed ?
     
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  14. LEE MAC

    LEE MAC Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    BELFAST
    Everbuild is a cheap diy make, I completely agree with @Spacey@Spacey with this. This will fail and anything you do above it will be relying on a sound substrate which this is not. The builder has cut the wrong corner here I'm afraid.
     
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  15. LEE MAC

    LEE MAC Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
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    If the leveller isn't flexible it won't survive.
     
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  16. JulianSidney

    JulianSidney Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler

    Location:
    ramsey, essex
    why do they do it, tried to save , maybe £30 on the cost of slc
     
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  17. LEE MAC

    LEE MAC Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    BELFAST
    Exactly!
    Builders are not experts in 'everything' lol.
     
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  18. Dipesh

    Dipesh Active Member

    Location:
    Leicester
    It's totally enclosed within the 708 now.
     
  19. Dipesh

    Dipesh Active Member

    Location:
    Leicester
    Crazy isn't it. If I didn't call Everbuild I would be none the wiser.
     
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  20. Spacey

    Spacey Super floorlayer.

    Location:
    Newcastle
    With a 5mm coat ?
     
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  21. JulianSidney

    JulianSidney Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler

    Location:
    ramsey, essex
    you would have been a few weeks after the builder had gone and you got that crunchy felling under foot.
     
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  22. Dipesh

    Dipesh Active Member

    Location:
    Leicester
    Yes it looks like around 5mm or so when I look at it from the edge where the door opens to the kitchen.
     
  23. Localtiler

    Localtiler Professional Tiler Top Contributor

    Location:
    Yorkshire
    Here's my opinion, you have or are paying for a job to be done professionaly. The builder has used some poor quality leveller which isn't suitable, why would you want to try and cover it with this and that and cross your fingers and toes that it might work and might not fail in a years time. If it was me I would tell him to get it up and get somebody in who can do the job propperly. Any photos of the installation? A lot of ufh systems fail due to incorrect installation!
    You shouldn't have to make do with uncertainties!!
     
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  24. Dipesh

    Dipesh Active Member

    Location:
    Leicester
    Thanks gents, I've got a 'pro' coming in on Monday AM so let's see how it goes.

    It looks a bit of a mess. Turns out he's put 2 layers of the 708 on and it's unbonded from the base layer as I've now got some hollow sounding areas. It gets worse :(

    Anybody have any recommendations of tilers in the Leicester area?
     
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  25. Localtiler

    Localtiler Professional Tiler Top Contributor

    Location:
    Yorkshire
    Get the lot up and have it re done using the right people and right materials. What is the sub floor, wood? Screed?
     
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  26. Dipesh

    Dipesh Active Member

    Location:
    Leicester
    Subfloor is a screed floor.
     
  27. Localtiler

    Localtiler Professional Tiler Top Contributor

    Location:
    Yorkshire
    New or old ? Post some pics up of the job
     
  28. Dipesh

    Dipesh Active Member

    Location:
    Leicester
    It's half new half old. It's now covered with the insulation boards and the underfloor heating.
     
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  29. Spacey

    Spacey Super floorlayer.

    Location:
    Newcastle
    Should have mentioned your on the wrong forum really!

    What you want is a Karndean installer not a tiler (no offence intended lads) Karndean installation and floor preparation for Karndean is a specialist craft. I'd recommend giving Karndean a ting They can point you in the right direction They have a list of trained fullt trained installers.
    I'm on it but your a bit far away sorry

    Good with this
    You'll need it :)
     
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  30. Dan

    Dan TilersForums.co.uk Est.2006 Staff Member NOT a Tiler

    Location:
    Staffordshire, UK
    Post the job here if you want :)

    Tilers: find tiling jobs listed here - http://www.tilersforums.co.uk/forums/tiling-jobs/
     
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  31. Spacey

    Spacey Super floorlayer.

    Location:
    Newcastle
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  32. Localtiler

    Localtiler Professional Tiler Top Contributor

    Location:
    Yorkshire
    None!
    What I do know is, I have been advised when fitting under floor heating for some one to lay karndean on that it needs to have 10mm of 2 part leveller.
     
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  33. JulianSidney

    JulianSidney Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler

    Location:
    ramsey, essex
    surely what even floor covering is going down the substrate needs to be solid and not likely to break up with time, be it tile Karndean or carpet. Or are we missing something?
     
  34. Spacey

    Spacey Super floorlayer.

    Location:
    Newcastle
    My point is that the entire job should be prepared and installed by a qualified Karndean installer from start to finish.
    You can't possibly guarantee the finished floor if someone else has prepared the subfloor. I wouldn't.
    In the event that there is any more issues you only have one person or company to deal with rather than two parties who would inevitably pass the buck to one and other. It's also peace of mind for the Client and the contractor
     
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