As a parent, I can't tell you how many times I have walked in on a disaster. Just a few days ago, my kids were playing together and they decided to flood our master bathroom with a few towels and a boatload of water. Although some messes are cute or funny, others are completely overwhelming and difficult to clean up. Fortunately, I have an excellent damage contractor on speed dial, and he comes out to help me whenever I need a little assistance. I want you to know how to tackle tough messes, which is why I put up this website.
Protecting your home from potential water damage issues can save you a lot of money in the long run. The most common areas in a home that suffer water damage is under the sinks. Many times, drains leak and water damage occurs before the homeowner even realizes that anything is wrong. To protect the cabinet under your sink from becoming damaged should a pipe leak, tile the bottom of the cabinet. The following guide walks you through the quick and easy process of tiling the area under your kitchen or bathroom sink.
Measure the Area
The first thing you will need to do is measure the space that needs to be tiled. You need to be sure that you know how much area needs to be tiled to ensure that you get enough tiles to cover the space and that you choose tiles that are the right size for the space. You may have to mix and match smaller and larger tiles to cover the area easily.
Purchase Your Supplies
A home improvement store will have everything you need to tile your area. You will need mastic, a putty knife, a trowel, grout, tile spacers, and the tiles.Take the time to make sure that the tiles can be arranged to fit into your space well before leaving the store. You may want to lay them out on the floor or on a counter to measure them to make sure that they will fit your space well.
Create Your Pattern
When you get home, you need to lay out the tile under the sink to make sure you know how you want to have the pieces arranged when you start to adhere them to the bottom of the cabinet. When you remove the tile, be sure that you place them in a way that allows you to reposition them with ease. You can stack them or lay them out next to one another to keep the pattern the same.
Adhere the Tile
Mix the mastic in a large bucket and then use the trowel to spread a thin layer over the entire space that needs to be tiled. Spread the mastic as evenly as possible to ensure that the tiles are flat when you finish. Lay the tiles on the mastic in the pattern that you designed. Place a tile spacer between each tile so that you have space to place the grout after the mastic has dried. Allow the mastic to dry overnight and check that the tiles are secure before continuing.
Finish the Project
Mix a small amount of grout at a time according to the directions on the packaging. Grout dries quickly so you want to be sure you do not mix too much and have to throw out grout you could have used for another project later on down the road. Remove the spacers from between the tiles, carefully spread the grout between the tiles with a putty knife, and then use a clean, wet sponge to wipe away any excess grout that gets on the top of the tiles. Allow the grout to dry for a few hours before placing anything back under your cabinets.
This entire process can be done over the course of a weekend and can save you a lot of money in water damage restoration because the water will not be able to rot away the wood under your sink. The tile will stay in place until you remove it and will make the area look stylish, while still being functional. For assistance, talk to a professional like Central Flood Management Inc.