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Old 06-10-2011, 08:18 AM   #1
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wall is bowing in bathroom


I have an exterior wall that has a significant curve or bow in it.. its bowed under the window,the wall is covered in tile.....i plan on taking this bathroom down to the studs but in planning what can i anticipate to be causing this?

there is nothing on the wall (minus the window) as the vanity and tub run parallel.

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Old 06-10-2011, 08:24 AM   #2
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Water is the obvious answer. Leaking from the exterior, compromising the structure.
Has any water got into the basement under this area?
How long has it been bowed?
How old is the bath? Old mud jobs can have the tile let go of the substrate but continue to be connected to one another and prutrude from the wall.
If you push the bulge, does it move?

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Old 06-10-2011, 08:25 AM   #3
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Several common causes----

Bad lumber that went all warped.

Rotten studs around the window from bad flashing

Termite damage

Someone added a larger window and cut the studs in the opening without adding a proper header -king and jack studs.

It's repairable ,but will add several hours to the job and at least one trip for supplies.
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Ron types faster! I forgot about the old mud letting go,too.
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Water is the obvious answer. Leaking from the exterior, compromising the structure.
Has any water got into the basement under this area?
How long has it been bowed?
How old is the bath? Old mud jobs can have the tile let go of the substrate but continue to be connected to one another and prutrude from the wall.
If you push the bulge, does it move?

ill have to run back and check about the moisture in the basement.. but the yard grading in pitched in so there is a moisture issue don there anyway..
how long? i dunno I just got the place last week
i bet the bath is at least 30 years old but when i pushed the buldge it didnt move..im thinking water intrusion from bad flashing on the window has screwed up the studs... ugh..


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