Contractor Levels Slab to Replace Buckled Tile Floor

Contractor Levels Slab to Replace Buckled Tile Floor

Given a choice between fixing buckled tile or a few cracked tiles, most people would choose the latter because it’s easier to replace a cracked tile. Angie’s List member Betty L. of Georgetown, Texas, wasn’t so lucky.

Two sections of a 15-year old, 900-square-foot tile floor in her home buckled because the slab beneath it had swollen. Leveling the floor so that new tile could be laid would require someone to do a lot of chipping and cement chiseling. That would leave a lot of dust that could quickly spread throughout her home, settling on furniture, clothing and in air vents.

That didn’t happen, because highly rated Petty Tile & Carpet of Round Rock, Texas, took the proper precautions.

“Destini and Heather took great care in covering all the furniture in plastic, as well as sealing off doors to keep dust from drifting too badly,” Betty says in a Page of Happiness-nominated review. “Big fans were placed in outside doorways to exhaust the dust.”

Betty says the all-woman crew hand-chipped, chiseled and jackhammered for two days to level the floor. Throughout the process, they bagged the rubble and carried out it out in small bags. Afterward, they thoroughly cleaned the slab before laying the tile.

“The job took a full four days, and the women worked long days,” Betty says. “When the job was finished, they removed all the plastic and left things cleaner than we had anticipated.”


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