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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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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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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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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