Mold under ceramic tile - help!!


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Old 11-10-01, 09:41 AM
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After the water heater broke in August, we noticed a musty smell shortly afterwards. Removing the baseboards and a few ceramic tiles revealed (of course) mold and mildew. We thought about drilling holes in the grout and "injecting" a bleach solution to kill the culprit - actually we wonder if anyone has a solution to remedy this situation short of tearing everything up and replacing the floor (the tile was just done shortly before the water heater broke!) Anyone's help would be greatly appreciated.
 
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Old 11-10-01, 12:23 PM
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Mold/mildew under tile

If you have mold/mildew, you need to disinfect with 50/50 bleach/water solution. And, it sounds like it means taking up the tile. Did you use concrete underlayment?
 
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Old 11-10-01, 06:52 PM
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Hold it right there. Nothing should have to be torn out. There are water and fire damage restoration companies that can clean the mess for you or you can do it yourself.

Take a look at this product, it will do the trick for you. Mix it according to the directions and apply it to all areas that were originally affected by the flooding. It works!!!

http://www.jondonsales.com/cgibin/we...aTByN0HN2UU2Jf
 
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Mold/mildew under tile

Cleaning the surface of the tile will not address the mold/mildew beneath the tile. The reason I asked the type of underlayment is that I think it is perhaps wood, thus the root of the problem. Please advise. Again, any disinfecting solution applied to the surface of the tile, will not address the problem beneath the tile. Jump over to http://www.johnbridge.com and ask the tile pros who hang out there. John and all those tile guys can provide you with expert advise. They do tile for a living, so they know.

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Old 11-11-01, 01:58 AM
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Dear Twelvepole!!

Thanks for all feedback. The mold problem is between the plywood and concrete subfloor. I have also posted our problem on the forum you suggested. You're right, it is not just a surface problem (unfortunately). Thanks for your responses.
 
 

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