I did an inspection on a 2 story house in Mesa, AZ yesterday. The house was built in 2000 and was in great condition with very few problems. The biggest issue was in the 2nd floor master bath floor tile. I have seen plenty of cracked tiles before but I have not seen ceramic tile with a 90 degree crack in the middle of the tile. The cracks usually extend in relatively straight lines until they terminate. this one starts under the cabinet turns 90 degrees and heads to the wall.
The floor felt very solid with no bounce and no creaking when you walk on it. Also the tiles were secured nicely to the floor with no “hollow” sounds under any of them.
Anyone seen a 90 degree crack in the middle of a ceramic tile before? Any thoughts on what might cause this? In the 2nd attached photo I drew 2 blue lines that follow the cracks in case you can’t see them.
The buyer didn’t care as she is tearing it out and redoing the tile. I’m just curious what the problem might be.
Thanks in advance for any ideas!