Floor tiles suddenly crack with explosive sounds at yet another HDB flat, stunning elderly homeowner

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65-year-old retiree Mr Tan was about to head to bed after lounging on the sofa in his living room, last Friday around 9pm, when he heard sounds of an “explosion” coming from his kitchen.

Rushing to investigate, Mr Tan discovered that the floor tiles in his kitchen had cracked for no apparent reason. The force of the cracking apparently even sent some pieces of the tiles to fly to his living room area.

The elderly homeowner, who has lived at his HDB flat on the 12th floor of 526 Hougang Ave 6 for the past 30 years, told the Chinese daily:

“I thought something dropped on the floor. When I went to the kitchen and turned on the light, I saw that the tiles had cracked. Some of the broken tiles had even ‘flown’ to the dining table and living room area.
“I hope that the relevant agency will pay attention to quality when it installs selects materials to be used. Lucky no one was hurt!”

Adding that all his tiles were original fittings. Mr Tan revealed that he has covered up the cracked floor area until renovations can be completed:

“I have left the renovation to my children. When I saw news on floor tiles ‘exploding’ I never thought it would happen to me too.”

Just over a week ago, another elderly homeowner in Serangoon was shocked to see the floor tiles in his home cracking suddenly for no apparent reason.

The 67-year-old part-time taxi driver, Mr Teo, was shocked to hear explosive, firecracker-like sounds erupting from his bedroom on 7 October.

The sounds were so loud that he though that an earthquake had hit his home, before discovering that the sounds were caused by the floor tiles in his bedroom that somehow dislodged from the floor and cracked into several pieces. He claims to have seen the tiles dislodging with his own two eyes.

Adding that he hasn’t done any renovations to the place since he moved there with his family in 1989, Mr Teo said:

“I estimate that I’ll need to spend S$5000 on repairs. But I’m only a part-time taxi driver and I don’t earn much while my wife is a housewife. We’re worried that we won’t be able to afford the repairs. At this point of time, no choice we’ll have to cover the cracks with a carpet and hope no more tiles start ‘exploding.’”

HDB unit’s floor tiles “explode” with firecracker-like sound; elderly homeowner can’t afford $5000 to repair broken tiles

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    No surprise. Our spoiled unqualified contractors only know how to charge high rates but use 3rd world unskilled labour. This is the outcome of our industry practice and Govt regulations. Talk to any contractor and you realise they don’t know the right specifications of construction.

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    If the renovation of the floor is done by the owner engaged themself then it is not the original tiles done by HDB, the owner had to go after their engaged contractor. It no longer HDB problem. Unless it is the original floor tiles done since the day they occupied the unit, I do not know whether HDB will liable for it.

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    Just my opinion. A problem with living in apartments when “your roof is my floor”. Ever notice hotspots on “my floor” when lightings on “your roof” are left on for long durations? Even hotter with ceiling fans. After many years of heating and cooling, somewhere will give way.Of course workmanship and material do play a part.

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