Leaks in a Bathroom

The owner of this bathroom admitted he may have procrastinated on repairing what seemed like smallish problems until water stains started showing up in the next room. An elevated floor was built above the slab to allow room for pipes and a tile shower had served for 15 years but cracks in the grout and tile had allowed water to reach the support structure.

Hidden Moisture

Painted flooring obscured the moisture beneath.

Once demolition began it became apparent that the damage was much worse than expected and the entire raised floor system needed to be replaced. Capillary action had carried the water between the subfloor and the flooring to the other end of the bathroom. Here is a gallery showing the discovery process and the rebuild. The owner chose yellow pine flooring with Vermont Natural Coatings floor finish.


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