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3morereps
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Basement flooded, how difficult is it to install tile?
I am thinking about getting rid of the lvt, luxory vinyl tile, that is in my basement. Every time I get water underneath it, I have to remove it, dry area and reinstall. porcelain tile would be so much better. Installation is expensive however. Is this something I could do with a buddy with direction from YouTube? TIA
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auisssa
Alabama Fan
Member since Feb 2010
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re: Basement flooded, how difficult is it to install tile?
I did it. It's not difficult, just hard on the knees and back.

Main thing to get right is prepping the concrete. Get it level and you wont have problems.

And be sure to get the grout off before it sets.


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nerd guy
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Member since Dec 2008
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re: Basement flooded, how difficult is it to install tile?
Pretty straightforward. Just like the other guys said get a level. I'd also get a leveling kit. Makes the job a breeze.


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The Nino
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Member since Jan 2010
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re: Basement flooded, how difficult is it to install tile?
I’ve heard the biggest mistake DIYers make with tiling is not prepping the surface properly.

What’s causing the flooding? Have you tried anything to resolve that issue?


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alphaandomega
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WPBTiger
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re: Basement flooded, how difficult is it to install tile?
I had never done it before redoing a bath. It is not hard, just hard on knees as other have stated.


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LEASTBAY
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re: Basement flooded, how difficult is it to install tile?
There a reason the labor is expensive. If you have any back or knee problems etc. I would advise against it.


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Old Sarge
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re: Basement flooded, how difficult is it to install tile?
It’s relatively inexpensive to pay someone to do it, like others have said it’s a knee killer and back breaking, plus it’s a darn dirty job.

Just pay the man is my advice


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baldona
Auburn Fan
Florida
Member since Feb 2016
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re: Basement flooded, how difficult is it to install tile?
Tile isn’t waterproof, if you get standing water in your basement you could get mold growing under the grout and that would be no bueno. That’s why in showers and baths you put a waterproofing membrane under the tile.

Why is your basement flooding? I’d address that issue? Can you install a sump pump?

No tile isn’t hard to install, patience and having a level floor is the. Is the most important.


Huey Lewis
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BR
Member since Oct 2013
3033 posts

re: Basement flooded, how difficult is it to install tile?
You could also look into a decorative concrete finish that gives a wood look or tile look.


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3morereps
Georgia Fan
The Gym
Member since Jun 2015
6038 posts

re: Basement flooded, how difficult is it to install tile?
My sump pump failed and rain water came up through my sump pump. I replaced the sump pump and added a water and battery backup.



auisssa
Alabama Fan
Member since Feb 2010
2578 posts

re: Basement flooded, how difficult is it to install tile?
I had a sump pump fail in the basement once (used to pump HVAC water out).

Now I have two sump pumps, where if one fails the other will get the water out. And have a water detector in the pan that will alarm if the 1st pump fails.



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CAD703X
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re: Basement flooded, how difficult is it to install tile?
genius product


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