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If your basement's concrete wall has tile covering the surface, you may have discovered that one or more of the tiles are cracked. If so, use the following tips for replacing the cracked tile on your basement's concrete wall.
Bust Up the Old Tile with a Chisel
The first thing you will need to do before replacing a cracked tile is to remove it. Although it would be ideal for you to simply pry the tile off of the wall, the mortar affixing it to the concrete is likely too strong. Therefore, you will need to bust up the tile and remove the pieces.
To bust up the tile, place a small chisel at the center of the tile. Then, firmly strike the end of the chisel with a hammer until the tile breaks. Make sure you only strike at the center of the tile, since placing the end around the edges may break the adjoining ones.
Once the tile is broken into several pieces, use the chisel or a small screwdriver to pry the pieces off of the concrete. After they have been removed, use the end to scrape away any remaining tiles and adhesive.
Use Thin-Set Mortar to Even Out the Concrete
After busting up the tile and scraping off the adhesive, you may find that the process has left gouges in the concrete. If nothing is done to fill in these gouges, you will have an uneven surface on which to place the new tile.
However, this problem can be easily rectified using the same thin-set mortar you will be using to adhere the new tile onto the concrete. To fill in the crevices, use a flexible putty knife to smear the space with the mortar, pressing the blade firmly against the wall to spread the mortar evenly into the crevices.
Once you have filled in the gouges and holes, wait for the mortar to set up before applying a layer to affix the tile. If you spread more of the mortar onto the surface while it is still set, you may dislodge the patch, leaving the tile without a stable surface on which to stick.
Using the above tips can help you remove a couple of tiles from the concrete wall so you can replace them with new ones. However, if you discover you have multiple tiles that are broken, contact a wall and flooring professional, such as from Concreate, to discuss your options for removing and replacing your basement's broken concrete wall tiles.