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Some information about sub flooring

Common Sub-Flooring Damage



One of the areas of leakage concern is around the toilets. Each toilet has a seal at their base which can crack allowing for water seepage into the floor around the toilet. Shower and bathtub areas are also well known to have leaks behind the faucets in the wall. If this occurs, water will often permeate the flooring and sub-flooring which causes rot and deterioration as well. This may go unnoticed in some instances but is often discovered quickly in second-floor bathrooms. If the leak goes unnoticed for because it is not readily visible or accessed, the damage can escalate.

One of the other most common areas that can show problems with sub-flooring rot is around the shower. If the shower curtain or door are not closed properly, water seepage onto the floor area is common. Over time, this saturation will affect the floor underneath. Failure to recognize the early signs of this can result in the need to replace both the flooring and the subflooring.

If a water leak is discovered in a sink, shower or toilet area, it should be repaired quickly. The repair may need to include a bathroom tile project if the water has seeped behind the tile and onto the flooring. If this occurs, the fixtures in these rooms should be replaced and upgraded to protect against significant damage. Repairs and replacement of any fixture should be completed at the first sign of leakage. In the case of a shower, water leaks from faucets may also affect the walls as well as the flooring.

For people who pose the question “why install new floor materials after a bathroom leak?”, the answer is simple, flooring materials that are weakened increase the likelihood that the sub-flooring will begin to deteriorate, rot and collapse.
When this occurs, the floor area will seem soft and will not have the same sturdiness as the rest of the floor area. Two of the biggest areas where this will appear is around the toilet or the shower.

Homeowners who are remodeling a bathroom or replacing out a toilet, often discover there is damage to sub-flooring. When this occurs, the area will likely require sub-flooring repair work. It is also not uncommon for flooring jobs in a bathroom to include shower remodeling and a bathroom tile project. This will include replacing wall tiles around a shower or sink after a leak. This is a smart investment that helps ensure the newly installed flooring will be less likely to be damaged from leaks in the near future.

Through timely upgrades to the bathroom fixtures such as shower remodeling, installing new toilets and vanities, homeowners can avoid potential damage to subflooring and walls from leaks. Upgrading bathroom fixtures before a problem becomes evident can save a homeowner significant amounts of money on repairs to structural subflooring and walls later.

In the kitchen, the two main areas where leaks can arise are the dishwasher and the sink. These areas should be monitored for potential water leaks as well. Like bathroom floor damage, new flooring should be installed in a kitchen if a leak is discovered that has permeated to the sub-flooring. All weakened sub-flooring should be replaced before any new flooring is installed. Failure to do this may cause collapsed sub-flooring and damage to the newer flooring materials.