Any handymen on here? Builders or such? Bathroom floor has collapsed due to rotting of the wood, advice? Help? *Photos inside*

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    Dec 16, 2012 4:08 AM GMT
    So yeah, I don't know how bad it is. Or if I could possibly do it myself. But we're on a house on stilts pretty much haha. So at least it's easy to get to from underneath. How much would it cost to repair this? And would the shower have to be taken out? Any estimations on how much it'll cost? The floor is just like chipboard, when we first moved in we were told it was floorboards underneath *Lied* And now we have to fix this. Any advice would be extremely helpful.

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    Dec 16, 2012 4:19 AM GMT
    If renting, alert your landlord immediately.

    If the place is yours, you'll have to open up the floor and probably the wall too as it looks like damage there. Water could be coming out of the shower pan and seeping up into the wall or could be coming from the faucets/shower head piping and running down.

    I think I'm looking at vinyl and not tile so no danger to cutting your feet on broken tile but with the hole there you don't know if that shower, floor area might cave in. Could just be the subflooring, could be very local, but also could be joist damage. You won't know that until you open it up and see.

    What's on the other side of that wall. Damage on other side too?

    Also if your camera has flash and you can get it in the hole (strapped to your hand so as not to drop), take some shots under with some under facing up towards to underside of the floor, especially towards that wall.
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    Dec 16, 2012 4:21 AM GMT
    I hope a fucking giant spider crawls in through that hole and bites your face while you sleep.
  • AMoonHawk

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    Dec 16, 2012 4:33 AM GMT
    Looks like rot from water ... you should just be able to pull up the linoleum and cut off a big enough piece so that there is enough to replace and nail down to the joists. You might to spread some sort of tar around the bath directly on the boards so it is not absorbing water. ... they you'll have to get new linoleum. If you do it yourself it should not cost more then a couple hundred dollars, depending on how pricey of linoleum you can get ... sometimes you can find a big enough piece for around $40. If you get someone to do it for you, it will probably cost around $800 to $2000 ... depending on who does it. Get several estimations.
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    Dec 16, 2012 6:08 AM GMT

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    Dec 16, 2012 3:16 PM GMT
    I think your "shower pan" has failed. Water has gotten to the floor outside the shower. Stop using the shower if you have another shower in the house.

    If the structural floor joists are damaged, you will need to replace them- which means it might require a permit. Check your local building department.



    Call some (atleast 3) local contractors and ask them for their take and their price quotes. Tell them you will procure materials yourself (to avoid their mark up). If you are busy, then have then get materials too.

    Good luck.

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    Dec 16, 2012 3:23 PM GMT
    i can't believe how filthy ur place looks icon_confused.gif
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    Dec 16, 2012 3:37 PM GMT
    Call inspector housing. I called 311 and complaint about apartment. The inspector came every Friday if the landlord fix it and hit him with fines
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    Dec 16, 2012 3:39 PM GMT
    Turin saidCall inspector housing. I called 311 and complaint about apartment. The inspector came every Friday if the landlord fix it and hit him with fines


    Look at his profile. He is in Australia.
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    Dec 16, 2012 3:39 PM GMT
    Leave it as is, and lease the place out to a movie studio for horror movies.
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    Dec 16, 2012 3:39 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidLeave it as is, and lease the place out to a movie studio for horror movies.


    lmao
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    Dec 16, 2012 3:41 PM GMT
    sundayswim said
    Turin saidCall inspector housing. I called 311 and complaint about apartment. The inspector came every Friday if the landlord fix it and hit him with fines


    Look at his profile. He is in Australia.


    Thanks.
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    Dec 16, 2012 3:46 PM GMT
    I hope your house has another bath, 'cuz that one may need to be gutted.
    Is there no subfloor other than that chipboard?
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    Dec 16, 2012 3:56 PM GMT
    I own a property preservation/remodel/rehab business. I don't think you'll be spending anything more then $100(if you do it yourself). Just reinforce the boards after. Also I would recommend you to instal a fan blower or just a space crawl fan underneath your home with humidity control. They run around $100+ . Just make sure you find the correct tile before you start breaking anything. Best recommendations is don't buy what's cheaper. Spend a little extra and you won't have to worry in the future. Regardless I don't think you'll be spending much.
  • stu1

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    Dec 16, 2012 4:02 PM GMT
    What is that green tube? Is it a garden hose? What is it connected to and where does it go?
  • Fable

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    Dec 16, 2012 4:03 PM GMT
    First, I recommend you take a serious approach to household cleanliness
  • jock_1

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    Dec 16, 2012 4:09 PM GMT
    You have a serious problem. First we need more information on if you own or rent. If you rent its not your problem, if you own it looks like its going to be a major expense. Just from the pixtures you took shows severe wood damage to the point it could be dangerous to walk on. You can't do a major project like that yourself unless you are qualified. Get at least 4 quotes from contractors and if you were sold a house and received bad information by the seller I would contact a lawyer.
  • thadjock

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    Dec 16, 2012 4:27 PM GMT
    Sounds like you own the house if you have to fix this. First you need to find out where the water is coming from that caused the damage. Looks like it might have just been from a leaking shower door. And the shower does need to come out to fix this right and not just half-assed. If you're going to hire it done considerably more than $100 as has been suggested. Kinda depends on what your goal is, if you just want to get rid of the hole get underneath screw another layer of subfloor between the joists and fill the top side with floor patch. It doesn't cure the disease, but it treats the visible symptom, until you stop the water from reaching the wood it will continue to get worse until one day you'll be showering under your house instead of in it.
  • camfer

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    Dec 16, 2012 4:32 PM GMT
    If you have black mold growing down around there it could make you seriously ill. Take precautions to protect yourself.
  • Medjai

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    Dec 16, 2012 4:33 PM GMT
    Is there mold? I can't believe no one asked this in a water related problem...

    If there is, you do not have the tools or knowledge to deal with this yourself, you must call in a mold reclaimation company to deal with it properly. It isn't cheap, but this quite literally is your health and life on the line if you attempt cleanup improperly.
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    Dec 16, 2012 4:34 PM GMT
    McQueen saidI hope a fucking giant spider crawls in through that hole and bites your face while you sleep.



    Is that what happened to your face? icon_lol.gif
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    Dec 16, 2012 4:36 PM GMT
    may11 saidI own a property preservation/remodel/rehab business. I don't think you'll be spending anything more then $100. Just reinforce the boards after. Also I would recommend you to instal a fan blower or just a space crawl fan underneath your home with humidity control. They run around $100+ . Just make sure you find the correct tile before you start breaking anything. Best recommendations is don't buy what's cheaper. Spend a little extra and you won't have to worry in the future. Regardless I don't think you'll be spending much.



    Are you a professional comedian? Cause that shits funny!
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    Dec 16, 2012 4:38 PM GMT
    McQueen saidI hope a fucking giant spider crawls in through that hole and bites your face while you sleep.


    YOU ARE SO MEAN & RUDE. The is only asking for an advice. You don't have to be rude. What goes around comes around. Karma to you.

    My advice is just hire a handyman so he can take a look at the water damage. It might be coming from the shower. If you rent the place just call the landlord and he will fix it for you. Goodluck!!
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    Dec 16, 2012 4:51 PM GMT
    I'd personally call a professional.

    Like others have mentioned, it looks like water has gone through the subfloor and maybe into whatever is underneath for quite a while. At this rate, it looks like water is getting out from the shower area -- either from spots between the door and shower area, or maybe there's a leak in the shower floor itself. Chances are if it's rotted like that, the subfloor around that area (including the flooring area where you think is "okay") might also be wet and need to be replaced. If the damage has sat, then there's a chance you'll have mould.

    I wouldn't use tar or material that isn't meant to be used indoor living spaces.

    I'm not sure if Australian building codes are the same elsewhere, but anything you open up during a renovation or repair could require you to bring that particular area back up to current building codes.

    Ultimately it's up to you how much you want to spend and what to fix. Spend as much as you can to have it done correctly -- not half-arsed.
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    Dec 16, 2012 4:54 PM GMT
    Medjai saidIs there mold? I can't believe no one asked this in a water related problem...

    If there is, you do not have the tools or knowledge to deal with this yourself, you must call in a mold reclaimation company to deal with it properly. It isn't cheap, but this quite literally is your health and life on the line if you attempt cleanup improperly.


    Do NOT call in a mold remediation company unless you're prepared to have your entire house torn apart and spend $80,000 to have your house forever condemned to having a " mold issue"