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Question DetailsAsked on 9/9/2013

Need a vendor to survey damage from water underneath my bathroom tile?

Need a vendor to determine what should be done with water underneath bathroom tile and laminate floor?

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Answered 6 years ago by KielH


Becauase you do not know what you have there, you have two choices:

DIY or hire handyman to inspect or tear out the damaged portion to see what you have at their cheaper rate then repair if minor, or then have a delay time till you can get a General Contractor in to do the major repair.

Or start with a Remodeling - Kitchen and Bath contractor initially contracted to just inspect and determine the amount of damage, then negotiate th repair and reflooring from there.

And of course, you have to find the source of the water and solve that too, or you will soon be right back where you are now.

IF this was just a one-time flooding, not an ongoing leak, tile is usually fine as long as the subfloor does not buckle and swell and pop the tile off - though may need a bit fo regrouting as the wood swells and then shrinks back. Commonly, just drying out the subfloor from below through small holes with a ducted fan into the joist space (or even a wet/dry shop vac in minor cases) for a day or so can solve the issue.

Laminate you generally end up taking up and replacing unless 100% vinyl with no wood products in it or it molds underneath, though I have seen one neat dryhing tool that a flood restoration contractor used to avoid taking up hardwood - an edge-perforated hollow curved strip that curves goes in under the flooring after the baseboard is pulled away - one is put on each side, then a high-flow fan box is connected to pressurize one side, and another connected on the inlet side on the other side, so it passes an airflow under the flooring to dry it out. Works only with flooring that is not laying on a tight underlayment - so only flooring with no underlayment, or with ventilated underlayment like is sometimes used on concrete slabs under hard flooring.

If a one-time leak, this may be a large enough cost (depending on area affected) that combined with the drying out by a Water and Smoke contractor, to justify an insurance claim - in which case the insurance company (with some companies) will help you locsate contractors froma list of ones they have not had problems with. You could cross-check those names on AL for reviews before selecting - but the water has to be dried out within a couple of days or it will mold.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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