Replacing a Broken Tile
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You will want to replace broken or cracked tiles to maintain the appearance of a room. It is also important to replace them because damaged tiles can lead to leaks in the room, which can damage walls and floors, and may lead to mold problems and eventually structural damage.
Use a grout raker to remove the grout from around the edge of the broken tile (Image 1). Check for electricity or water supplies using a detector.
Weaken the tile surface further by drilling a number of holes through it (Image 2).
Use a club hammer and chisel to remove sections of the broken tile. Be sure to wear gloves and protective goggles (Image 3). Apply tile adhesive to the back of a tile using an adhesive spreader (Image 4).
Position the tile, checking that it sits flush. Use spacers to maintain grout gaps. When dry, remove the spacers and grout the joints (Image 5).
Reusing Broken Tiles
Before you dispose of the pieces of tile from your repair job, consider a few other options. Broken tile can be used for decorative mosaic elements in your home. Mosaic patterns can enhance flower pots, picture frames, and be used as part of a unique flooring design. If you are planning to have potted plants, broken tiles can be used as a bottom layer in the pot to help with drainage.