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Question DetailsAsked on 7/29/2013

approx cost for shower floor repair

Purchased a recently remodeled home that the previous owner did himself. shower floor has a pebble mesh tile. it's cracking and leaking into the living room below. What would be the approximate cost to have the floor ripped up and repaired? I was giving a quote of approx $5000 and I've been told by others that is extremly high. I haven't taken exact measurements but the floor can't be much more than 5'X4'

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That certainly sounds high if you are thinking just a tile floor fix, but the contractor may have been protecting himself against a lot of what-ifs.

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but a leaking tile floor in the shower should not be leaking into the living room below, because showers should have a shower pan under them - a catchbasin, if you will, that catches leaks through the tile. A mud coat (concrete) is placed over this, then the tile. Usually a plastic pan or a single large sheet of copper these days, in older days was a large sheet of lead. Therefore, he probably did not know to put one in, so your floor tile and at least a ways up the sides will need to be ripped out to put in a pan. You undoubtedly also have saturated subfloor (plywood or particle board) that may extent to the toilet and vanity, possible water intrusion through the flooring to adjacent rooms, and possible floor joist damage, so the contractor probably figured (as I would have, sight-unseen) complete floor tearout, some wall damage, possible joist damage. $5000 is probably a fair ballpark estimate if this is only recent water (so little time for serious rot to develop) and you assume it is confined to that one room, though I have seen similar long-term cases run to $50,000 damage in a bathroom and each adjacent room.

Until it is torn out you will not know what you are into.

Recourse to the prior owner will probably be limited (assuming you have closed on the house), though if it required permits and inspections and he did not have those done, you might be able to build a legal case against him.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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