Do I need to retile the whole wall(s) in a shower enclosure?

I had my bathroom done a few years ago (2015) in North London. It’s fairly new and in the first year I started getting deep cracks in a few tiles within the shower enclosure, I had it redone by the same plumber out of goodwill but it’s happened again. Wondering if he’s just not a good tiler overall! I need to retile and air out the walls, if I wanted to hire a new tiler to retile will I need to remove the tiles on the entire wall: floor to ceiling (Both walls)? Also would it make sense for me to remove the tiles and hire a industrial dehumidifier for a week and just get a tiler in for 2/3 days to do just the tiling?

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Hawk Property Maintenance LTD
26 Reviews, 92% Positive
Hi, cracks in the tiles can be a few things.

They have not been stuck correctly and movement from the change of temperatures is causing them to crack ( take something light and tap on the tiles see if they sound hollow.

Do you know what surface he was tiling on when work was being carried out? Are you sure he prepared the area correcrly?

Lastly, what quality of tiles are they? Its rare but does happen poor quality tiles tend to have a abundance of issues arising with them.
17th Nov 2020
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Bpec Tradesmen
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I would strip the tiles and leave tiling to tilers and plumbing to plumbers. Yes dehumidifier v important
9th Nov 2020
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TRANSFORM BATHROOMS
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In all likelihood, the reason why it's cracking is because the substrate (the surface or boards under tile) is not the correct one for tile.
Tiles by themselves are not strictly waterproof. Water WILL always get behind them via the grout. So, the substrate needs to be made out of the right boards and correctly tanked. Specifically how and what depends on the existing wall. You should get all tiles off, and get a bathroom fitter (not a plumber who dabbles in tiling) to prep the wall and tile it so that it's done properly from start to finish. I hope this helps. Tarik
15th Nov 2020
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JD Flooring
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Replacing the whole area would be best, I agree with a dehumidifier also but even after that I would suggest getting damp tested in the walls and if all is ok make sure the walls are flat for best results fitt cement boards where the shower will be also the right adhesives and grout are used and then that everywhere is correctly sealed after.
26th Jan 2021
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SDB Building and Maintenance
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Why use a plumber to tile, its like asking a taxi driver to fly a plane..........

With what you have said it sounds like the wall will be damaged behind the tiles, which means the whole wall will need to be removed and start again, using a professional tiler.
Steve SDB Building and Maintenance, Tiling Specialist
13th Sep 2021
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