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Question DetailsAsked on 3/7/2017

Bathroom floor repair

My bathroom floor has a hole in it by the tub from water damage

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Hmmm - if damaged enough to have a hole, you probably need a Remodeling - Kitchen and Bath contractor rather than a Handyman - because it is likely the damage extends in under the tub so may require tub removal (hence also some tub enclosure repair and removal/ replacement of any shower door on the tub), possibly framing damage under the wet floor, likely mold/fungal rot in the subfloor, and likely some flooring repair as well - so could be carpenter, mold remediation, plumber, ceramic tile or fibearglass/acrylic enclosure installer, and flooring installer may all be needed.

Note - depending on accessibility from below, sometimes, not always, with tubs and with prefab showers it is possible to remove the damaged flooring piecemeal from below (coming in through underlying ceiling or basement/crawlspace), then after removing the flooring and subfloor (and usually toilet and sometimes vanity depending on open floor dimensions) and baseboards, repair any framing damage and decontaminate mold or rot from below, wedge up the tub a hair only to provide clearance, then sneak in and glue/screw down new subflooring (plywood) horizontally from the exposed area next to the tub, in under the tub, without disturbing the tub or plumbing or surround at all - though best to remove any shower doors while doing this to reduce chance of breakage. Can save several to many thousand $ in tub/surround removal and replacement cost IF the water damage is essentially limited to the subfloor and the floor or wall framing does not need total replacement (rarely does).

Be sure one of the first thing done is checking WHERE the water causing the damage came from - if from shower doors or tub splash, may be able to replace just subflooring and be good. If from leaking pipes in the wall at the head of the tub, likely wall damage needing repair too.

Course, if you are up for a remodel at this time anyway - then this is probably the prime time to do it. However, about 100:1 odds your insurance will NOT pay for any of it (check out policy terms before contacting them with an almost certainly losing claim which will raise your rates). All but the oldest policies which missed the amendments and updates exclude long-term water damage from coverage.

Here are links to a few previous similar or related questions FYI:

Answered 3 years ago by LCD



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