Dairy bricks are an excellent flooring material mainly used in industrial plants, warehouses, manufacturing businesses, food preparation facilities, and other facilities that require you to maintain a more sanitary environment. They are made using a similar process to the regular bricks. The only difference is that dairy bricks are heated to higher temperatures to minimize their porosity and increase their resistance to germs. This helps you maintain elevated levels of hygiene in your commercial facility.

Dairy brick floors are generally easy to maintain, and they will rarely create a health hazard in your home. However, even with the best maintenance, a time will come when they will start wearing out. Here are three ways you can tell when your dairy bricks have started getting damaged and need repairs.

When the Grout Between the Tiles Starts Falling Apart

Grout is the cement that floor installation contractors put between dairy bricks to hold them together. It also helps close the spaces between the bricks, giving you a beautiful floor finish. However, grout is weaker than the dairy tiles. Grout is damaged by hot water, harsh chemicals, and other extreme conditions that floors undergo.

When it starts falling apart, grout can become a health hazard because it allows germs in the spaces between the bricks. Additionally, when the grout chips away substantially, the tiles start shifting, making the floor uneven and a safety hazard.

When the Bricks Start Absorbing Water

Dairy bricks are supposed to be non-porous. The component materials and the heating process create a surface that water cannot penetrate. However, with time and continuous wear, the bricks might start wearing down. When their porosity is compromised, they start absorbing moisture and getting complications such as water and mold damage on the floors. Once the damage begins, it will be tough to contain unless you call a professional flooring contractor to repair the system.

When the Bricks Start Falling 

The other obvious sign that you need to change your floor is when the bricks start cracking and chipping. Once they have chips and cracks, water will find its way inside with ease, speeding up the damage. You can choose to replace the damaged bricks as long as they are not many. However, if the floor is old and the damage covers large patches, it is best to replace it.

Call a professional dairy brick repair contractor such as those at Archway Brick and Tile to assess and recommend whether you should repair or replace your bricks. They will upgrade your home with a smooth, safe, and healthy floor.