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Question DetailsAsked on 7/26/2017

WHAT CAN I DO ABOUT SOFT FLOORING AROUND ONE OF MY TOILETS, FOYER AND 2ND BATHROOM

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Assuming this is not just a sheet flooring product coming loose (glue debonding) - if you can peel up a loose corner see if damp or wet underneath.


I would assume probably a leaking toilet wax seal (seals between the bottom of the toilet and the drain pipe flanged up below it) on the uppermost toilet - presumably the one with the soft floor around it, which then maybe spread through the flooring to the other bathroom (which I would guess backs up on the soft toilet flooring one) and the foyer.


Or foyer might be a leak under the front door and unrelated to the bathrooms.


Or I mioght be totally wrong - might be from a leaking water pipe or roof or such - but until you start tearing into it generally hard to determine if you are not smelling urine smell (as would normally be the case if leaking toilet wax seal).


Solution is obviously fix the leak - and if the floor is spongy or soggy then generally the flooring has to come up, if it has been leaking long the subfloor sheathing taken up, and long-term rot in the flooring framing repaired/replaced, maybe bottom edge of drywall replaced if soaked and soft, disinfect affected areas before replacing flooring or wall surfaces or underlying ceiling, then reflooring and repainting as applicable.


Not a cheap operation if it affects several rooms, and may mean taking both those bathrooms out of service simultaneously unless you get a contractor agreement that one is to stay in service at all time (except for maybe 15-30 minute periods when water is shut off to do any leaking pipe repair).


And the bad news - unless this is a very recent thing, not likely to be covered by your homeowner's insurance - they almost never (at least on modern or updated policies) cover water/drain leaks that have gone for an extended period of time - so if moldy or fungusy, likely to not be covered. Check your policy for details.


A Water and Smoke Damage contractor can generally handle all the repair - or may be cheaper to go with a Remodeling - Kitchen and Bath general contractor, though the response time (at least for cleanup and disinfection) is likely to be a lot quicker with a W&S Damage contractor. If covered by an insurance policy, the insurance company can also commonly help obtaining contractors they are used to dealing with under insurance coverage.

Answered 1 year ago by LCD




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