03:47PM | 06/15/02
Member Since: 12/28/01
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Hey people! Does anybody out there know how long moisture will remain under tile? I had a water leak about 10 months ago and decided to change from tile flooring to wood but when I took up the tile in the room closest to the leak area the thinset appeared to be moist and of course dried up as it was exposed to air. Could the moisture last over 10 months or should I be concerned when I put the wood down...Any help would be appreciated! Thanks!

Mark Hammond

06:22AM | 06/16/02
Member Since: 05/09/01
246 lifetime posts
Hi Mgedge,
I don't have any exact time that the floor will stay wet but if you are replacing the tile with wood anyway I would remove all the tile so the drying process will be sped up......Mark Hammond


07:24PM | 06/16/02
Member Since: 11/14/00
333 lifetime posts
The drying time will vary depending on humidity, ventilation, and even the pourousness of the tile. However, it should definitely have dried completely in 10 months: it shoudl be dry in a week or so at most under normal conditions. I suspect that you have some other source of water in the area. It could be a new leak, it could be the old leak cropping up again, but it could also just be that someone spilled something shortly before you checked and didn't tell you.

You definitely should figure out the source of the moisture before laying wood floors. Tile is resilient to moisture problems, but wood will warp and decay in the presence of a leak like that.

Try laying a plastic sheet down in the suspect area and taping the ends to the subfloor, making sure the plastic covers the entire area of the previous leak. If water collects on the top, then you have a drip from the same (or other) leak. If on the underside, you might have water seeping up from below (rare, but it happens).

[This message has been edited by Lawrence (edited June 16, 2002).]

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