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dgtxsg 01-17-2012 09:00 AM

Mysterious Linoleum Tears
I am renting an apartment that has vinyl flooring in the kitchen. Over the last few weeks I've noticed a few small tears in the floor in one particular area. I am very careful about these things, but I figured I must be walking too hard or something. I don't move furniture over area.

A few days ago I noticed another tear, but this one is partially under the refrigerator. (see image) I cannot conceive of how I could do this. I have a suspicion that there may be some water damage involved. The area near the tears is a little uneven. After raining, water pools pretty badly outside the door the tears are near.

All considering is there anyway I can avoid getting destroyed by my landlord? The management company has not hesitated to do everything in their power to trick me out of my money. Paying rent early and being quiet apparently doesn't cut it anymore. I'm need a good argument when they accuse me of damaging the floor with my heavy walking.

Thanks in advance

joecaption 01-17-2012 09:26 AM

Judging by the picture it looks like some really old flooring.
Is this floor on a slab?
Is there wood over the slab under that flooring? Any way to see if it's louon plywood under it? It would be a redish or dark brown color.
Any chance of a picture of this doorway your talking about?
Most often if waters getting in under the flooring it just comes loose, not tare like that.
Make sure to take some pictures of all the tares, do a rough sketch of the floor plan and note the locations in case this goes to court.

dgtxsg 01-17-2012 09:30 AM

Thanks for the fast reply. The floor is on a slab. I'll get the other pictures ASAP.


rusty baker 01-17-2012 09:50 AM

Unless the slab is cracked there, and pushing up, the only way you could get that type of tear is something being drug across it.

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