Using RIW Tilesafe to repair Homelux floor matting - repair patch

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leee-na

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I've lifted two cracked tiles from our wetroom floor and damaged the waterproof membrane in the process roughly - an area of 30 x 20cm. Looks like it's a Homelux product and the damaged part is right next to the waste on the former tray.

Any advice on how best to repair this making watertight again? I don't really want to spend £50 on a roll of Homelux floor matting. I have a piece of RIW Tilesafe (the bitumen stuff) and tape. Will this work and how best do I going about doing it? I know it's not recommended seeing as they are two completely different products but ... I am at a loss!

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Waluigi

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Hmm, difficult to say really. The issue I believe Homelux had with their matting is that they recommended a standard cement based adhesive for the joints which aren’t waterproof. I found this was a weak spot in the system.

You would think that a paint on system would probably work fine.

It does indeed look like the Homelux floor matting and perhaps one of the Topps trays which I thing are made by Impey but are hollow instead of resin.
 

impish

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Why had the tiles cracked in the first instance?
I have years of experience seeing failed wet room installations and I can guarantee you that a patch repair is not going to sort out the CAUSE of the problem.
(Sorry to come across as a pessimist)
 
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leee-na

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Tiles cracked because we have an obscenely heavy showerhead that has slipped from the seating on the handlebar and dropped on the tiled floor. No problems with water ingress otherwise. We've had the installation for nigh ten years.
 
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leee-na

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Just to add, we've had no leaks that we can see since cracking the tiles. It's been left like that for around a year but it was super cracked and unsightly. I just decided to spring into action and finally get round to replacing those tiles and was too much of a brute when lifting the tiles up!
 
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leee-na

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Should I go ahead and patch with the tilesafe membrane or homelux or is it better with the paint on system like the tilemaster? Sorry for the stupid question but does the paint on system work on the former trays?

I'd prefer to stick with the tilesafe seeing as I already have it but obviously won't use it if it means compromising the waterproofing.

Newbie here, clearly, shaking in her boots.
 

timeless john

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Although I was impressed with the Bitumen Impey tilesafe - never had any issues with it - I don’t think they recommended using it with silicone and you’ll need something around that outlet!
 
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Waluigi

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Is that a typo Timeless John?

You were impressed with Tilesafe?

Leee-na, I’d probably use Tilemaster tanking in this instance. Paint, tape and then more paint x 2
 
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