Some time ago we had a slow leak in our shower (from the time we moved into our brand new house). Our builder would not fix the damage caused by the leak. We have since found a contractor
to install our new shower. I have picked the tiles for the floor and the walls. I have a question and am seeking advice on our existing linoleum. When our shower leaked some of the floor boards swelled a bit and the back side of the linoleum and floor board has some mold on it. My husbands opinion is that we can cut off the mold portion of the linoleum and save the rest. My opinion is to rip it out (not take any chances with mold regrowth as we have two children in the house with allergies) and install new floor board and tile. We are already into this job for $3000(which we have saved for) for installation of the new shower and money is tight. What are your opinions on keeping the linoleum? How much would have to be cut off past the mold if we did keep the existing linoleum? If we decided on ripping out the linoleum could we do some of the prep work ourselves to cut down on the costs? Thank you in advance for your expertice!
Commented on Apr 11, 2012
Thank you Sherrie and Lee Anne for your responses.
Steve....this was exactly what my question was. Sorry if I did not "word it" correctly. I am concerned about the mold re-growing but from what you have said the linoleum will not be an issue it will just be treating the wood underneath and finding a way to re-attach the linoleum once it is cleaned up without damaging it. Food for thought...thanks again Steve. :)
Dry wall next to shower on either side spongy(on ouside of shower doors), outside tiles discolored, swollen floor from moisture, mold on linoleum. Pan appears to be solid, shower sliding
doors removed and no sign of leakage (rust) around screws holding it in place, some of tile removed as obviously wet on outside of shower but no evidence of pooling water behind tile inside shower. Holes cut in wall and plumbing appears to be okay ie dry. We have had our builder to the house twice in warranty period and they did nothing to solve problem and now we have a bigger problem ie swollen sub floor, water damage on wall and baseboards, swollen door jam obvious water marks. They have come back to try and help us solve source of leaking but plumber and tile contractors that came can not determine the source of leak. What would you do? I suggested to my husband ripping the whole thing out and re-doing it but we really can not afford this. We have already had a claim on house insurance due to slow leak in brand new fridge since we moved into house and had to have entire first floor laminate replaced and our undermounted sink fell off the granite in the second year of living in brand new house(which we also had to pay for). Any suggestions/advice appreciated. Thank you in advance.
Commented on Aug 10, 2011
Thank you so much T and K, Woodbridge Environmental and Dan's...we really appreciate all of
your insight and will check out all of your suggestions when putting the shower back together. Your time and experience is invaluable.