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February 26, 2019
“My wife and I both work 8-5 jobs and one day she came home and noticed a smell. Her nose is extra sensitive because she is nearly six months pregnant but none the less I said how can I help? She said the smell is coming from the carpet or floor. So I drew her a hot bath and said I can do this. So this is how our major project began. I started with taking up the carpet and felt some sense of accomplishment. Those tack boards around the outside perimeter were a little bit time consuming but nothing in comparison to what was to come.”
“We decided we wanted to continue tearing out the floors since I was doing so good, and rip out the tile throughout the house. I borrowed an air compressor from my father in law and the air hammer broke within an hour. I went around my house for about three hours per night after work with a hammer/chisel and picked up a lot of the tile. Some tiles may come up easy but often thinset (glue underneath the tile) is the real nightmare. I would hammer for a half hour to make about six inches of progress on the thinset so that is when I said enough. I iced my knees and decided to call someone who might be better at this.”
“I first called the contractors who would be installing my floor to give me a quote, just so I could have convenient one-stop shopping. Being a budget conscious couple and expecting a baby I thought I should also call someone else to see what they can do.”
“I called Central Florida Dust-Free Tile Removal and to my surprise, there was not an automated machine to dial four numbers before I talked to someone. A very nice woman answered the phone and asked me a few questions and said she would be sending someone out the next day. As promised, a worker arrived the next day with a great demeanor, who walked the house assessing the situation. We had a quick conversation as follows:”
“Him: When do you want this done?
Me: The sooner the better I don’t like living in this mess and neither does my wife.
Him: We could come out on a Sunday since you both work.
Me: Really… that would be great if the price is right.”
“He then quoted me half the price of my installers and I was sold. They came out the following Sunday at 8:30 in the morning and immediately began working. Three men all working in unison and in different parts of my house. They removed every tile I missed and made sure the thinset was ground down to a clean concrete slab again. They even removed the toilets for me which everyone else charges extra for. Once they were finished they made sure to do an overall vacuuming and were gone by about 1:30. My wife returned from shopping while they were still here and couldn’t find dust anywhere. What would have taken me weeks/months took them hours and was completed dust free. I was so glad that I contacted them and would recommend them strongly to others.”
– Chad Miller of Deland, FL
October 12, 2018
Removing a tile floor isn’t an easy project.
How to win the battle
The book “Bathroom Remodeling for Dummies” describes bathroom tile removal as “a battle” and points out that ceramic tile demolition “isn’t an easy project”. The book describes how “you may find that the adhesive is like cement (or is cement) and nothing short of dynamite will dislodge the flooring”.
Honestly, we’re not against going DIY on home renovation projects if you’re handy and so inclined. Just keep in mind – when removing ceramic tile, there are a number of difficulties and hazards you should consider.
- Unless you have a very expensive machine, removal of old tile and thinset requires a hammer and chisel along with a lot of muscle.
- A properly installed ceramic tile floor is often fastened to the concrete foundation using thinnest that is tough as rock. To replace a tile floor, you must install the new tile on a smooth surface. Leaving a smooth surface when removing the old tile can be nothing short of extremely challenging.
- Hammering and chipping away rock-like thinset and ceramic tiles will result in sharp pieces becoming projectiles which can cause serious injuries to your body and especially your eyes. You MUST wear eye protection.
- Concrete and thinset contains silica. Clouds of released silica dust will float into the air and land on everything in your home. The resulting mess will make for a colossal cleaning project. You’ll never be able to clean up all of the silica dust that settles behind and under furniture. Every crevice in your home will trap silica dust.
- You’ll need to wear a mask so you don’t inhale silica dust. Silica dust in a known carcinogen. Silica dust tends to get trapped in the lungs where it can eventually cause silicosis which can result in cancer.
- You’ll need to dispose of the hundreds of pounds of broken ceramic tile material and thinset chunks and dust. You’ll be amazed how much material results from a floor demolition.
If you are inclined to take on the battle and do-it-yourself, make sure to carefully address every single one of the issues we list here. Make sure you are properly protected from possible injury.
If you need advice, give us a call
We are always happy to give advice. Give us a call if you want advice about removing a floor. We’re always happy to help!
Consider leaving the job to professionals
Would you rather leave your floor removal project to professionals? Central Florida Dust-Free Tile Removal uses patented DustRam machines with HEPA filters. Our professionals know how to get the job done quickly and efficiently. Your floor will be completely ready for your new tile flooring. To ask questions or to get a free quote, give us a call at (386) 500-8009
July 18, 2018
Since 1929, companies have had to deal with lawsuits because of asbestos. Billions of dollars have been awarded to people and over a hundred companies have had to file for bankruptcy.
Asbestos, a natural silicate, was used for years for construction and insulation. When asbestos was installed or cut, fibers would get inhaled by workers and cause chronic lung inflammations, lung cancer or mesothelioma.
Silica is found in nature as quartz, and is one of the main components of the earth’s crust. When building products, such as tile, are grounded silica dust gets emitted into the air. The dust can be very damaging, if not deadly for people who inhale too much of it.
According to OSHA, over 1,000 workers die from silica exposure every year. Silica is a very serious toxin to those exposed to it. Silica exposure can lead to bronchitis, lung cancer, lupus, asthma attacks, and silicosis.
When workers cut in to concrete, tile, bricks, silica dust flies in to the air. This is very harmful for people exposed to it, even the one that sweeps up the debris.
Homeowners that want to tackle do-it-yourself projects should know the risks they are taking cutting in to tile or pavers. Central Florida Dust-Free Tile Removal provides a safe, clean professional way to remove your tile so you won’t have to worry about all the dangers of silica dust.