Is your dish pit more like a battlefield than a sparkling sanctuary? We feel you!
But before you throw in the dish towel, let’s talk solutions!
By identifying the cause & taking the necessary steps, you can ensure your kitchen tiles are strong & functional for years to come.
4 Issues That Damage Your Tile Floors:
All floors, including tile, need room to expand and contract for temperature and humidity changes. This movement is amplified when there is extreme heat on the tile floor such as, hot water leaking from the dishwasher, or spilled hot oil from the fryers.
Your floors may start to tent or warp because the tile expanded and had no where to go but pop off the floor.
If you’re hearing a hollow sound when stepping over your tiles, there’s a high chance the tile and mortar bond have separated. Give Imperial Solutions a call at 407-259-9781 if you hear any hollow or drumming sounds coming from beneath your feet.
Let’s not forget that tile isn’t bulletproof. Dropping things, like the occasional stock pot, can cause an impact that can gouge or break a tile. This may only show a small dent at first, but the damage can spread over time if the area sees continual pressure like constant foot traffic. Cracked/broken tiles can allow water to seep through the base and compromise the mortar bond that adheres the tile to the subfloor.
The main reason for water underneath your kitchen tiles is leakage. Some kitchen fixtures have plumbing that’s connected to the mainline underneath the floor. If any of these connections are damaged, water will end up pooling beneath your tiles.
Check your dishwashing area for damage regularly. This area gets a lot of hard use every single day, and it’s important to assess your dishwasher space perhaps even more often than you inspect the other areas of your kitchen workplace. You’ll want to make sure your dishwashing equipment isn’t leaking water, which can create problems with your interior flooring, walls, and the valuable tools of your trade.
One of the most common signs of water damage is loose tiles. Water can weaken the mortar that holds the tile in place, causing tiles to lift over time. If you notice wobbly or loose tiles, give the professionals at Imperial Solutions a call to discuss next steps.
Low Grout Lines:
Tiles begin to fail if the grout around them wears down and water is able to penetrate. Once water is able to penetrate tiles in any way (most commonly from eroded grout), your floor will begin to smell due to bacteria-ridden, water-damaged, and mold-friendly conditions. In many restaurant kitchens, broken and cracked tiles go unaddressed for long periods of time resulting in a need for more extensive repairs.
In this instance, you should definitely regrout your tiles to preserve its condition. Doing so will help retain the tile’s water-resistant properties and keep the tile grout in good condition.
Here’s how we can help:
Let's keep kitchens cooking!
Restaurant floors get a lot of wear and tear. When tiles break and the grout starts wearing thin, water starts running to the cracks in the floors causing standing water problems. Servers and Cooks then track that water and grease throughout your establishment.
Call Imperial today to repair and replace your kitchen tile. 407-259-9781