Want to see kitchen tiles on floor cracks and pops up?

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  1. Son of Matrix macrumors regular

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    I was in the kitchen as I saw the tiles popping up. Seriously thought that we had an earthquake or something or land slide. Was freaked out totally. Then I discovered that sometimes tiles crack due to expansion of tiles due to heat...

    I tell u, it's scary. be prepared to run from home to safety if you see any of these things happening. You never know...it might be a real earthquake...
     

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  2. jknight8907 macrumors 6502a

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    Um, yeah....you're gonna want to get that looked at....
     
  3. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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  4. me_94501 macrumors 65816

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    I know expansion and contraction can cause tile and grout to crack over time, but I'm pretty certain they aren't supposed to do that. :eek:

    Do you guys live on a slope or something where the earth may have shifted?
     
  5. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    i think the earth beneath had risen upwards. tiles have stuff between each tile that allow for sideways expansion.
     
  6. Son of Matrix thread starter macrumors regular

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    It happened in a space of 1 hour. Then minor cracks for an hour plus.

    I think once a tile crack the others will follow because they are joined closely...then one will impact another...something like that...but it's scaryyy

    Am on a slope...it's like a row of houses going slightly upwards...went out and check...no cracks at the drains or road outside...
     
  7. OutThere macrumors 603

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    That's pretty scary stuff...you might want to talk to your neighbors/get your house checked out. That happening over the course of an hour would suggest to me that there was something rather bad going on. :eek:
     
  8. iBlue macrumors Core

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    WTF? that is really bizarre. Something is not right, that doesn't just happen. I agree with OutThere, I would check with the neighbours and get this checked out.
     
  9. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    Agree with OutThere and iBlue.

    Definitely get that checked out.
     
  10. Son of Matrix thread starter macrumors regular

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    ok tommorrow getting a piling specialist to check it out...
     
  11. drichards macrumors 6502a

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    Your home definitely heaved. You should have your foundation checked.
    Those look to be peel and stick self adhesive tiles.
    When you tile, use spacers. It makes your floor look better and last longer.
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  12. .Andy macrumors 68030

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    I showed your photos to an Apple Genius and he said that the broken tiles are just cosmetic and within manufacturing specifications.
     
  13. comictimes macrumors 6502a

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    Hahaha +10 points to you, sir, for being amazing :D

    As for the tiles... does home insurance cover crazy stuff like that? Is it even worth it?
     
  14. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

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    well most home insurances policy do not cover foundation problems and slab warranties are only 10 years.

    Like others are saying something else is wrong with the house and I would have the foundation looked at.
     
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    You know where this post is going. ;)


    EDIT: See?
     
  16. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    Is there no grout anywhere there? I don't recall if I've ever seen tiles laid without spacers. Weird!

    Where are you located?
     
  17. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

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    I think there is grout in there. Just they have like 1/32 spacing so pretty close together so we are not going to be able to tell.
     
  18. gadgetdad macrumors 6502a

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    Wow. That sucks man. Pretty confident in saying its not the tiles that caused that. Almost looks like somthing out of Tremors.
     
  19. Counterfit macrumors G3

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    Well at least now it would be easier to take the rest of the tiles out to put down hardwood. Trust me on this, removing a tile floor that's in good shape is NOT fun.
     
  20. synth3tik macrumors 68040

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    I would be really worried about either the foundation or any heat or whater pipes under the floor.

    I've had tiles crack and what not, but not to the point that I would have been able to watch them cracking and popping up.
     
  21. MrM macrumors 6502

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    Any updates on the expanding floors? I would love to hear what the cause is...
     
  22. NT1440 macrumors G4

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    OP where are you located?

    Id hope to god thats not a sign of a coming sinkhole.
     
  23. Beric macrumors 68020

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    Agreed. This suggests something more serious than might be implied.
     
  24. .JahJahwarrior. macrumors 6502

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    Sinkholes do not always form visible holes, where the cavern ceiling collapses. In many cases, a collapse of a small cavern can merely lead to the sand above shifting very slightly down, in some cases unnoticiably, unless something happens to be built on that spot... In other words, this could have been a sinkhole, and it does not necessarily mean that your house will be swallowed whole tomorrow. Infact, it could be that there was already a sinkhole at that spot when your house was built, and it just settled down a bit more. The time frame leaves open that possibility, sinkholes often form in about that period of time, longer than just a few minutes.

    In the area you live, are sinkholes common?

    (I am no sinkhole expert, we glossed over them in geology...I'm sure someone who knows more could comment even further but I think what I wrote is fairly accurate)
     
  25. NT1440 macrumors G4

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    im pretty sure you hit the nail on the head.

    OP, check online to see if sinkholes are common in your area. Also, id check to see what your insurance has to say about this.
     

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