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Old 05-07-2012, 12:27 PM   #1
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First time buyer. Can someone please help? Thank you very much.

I found a house which seems to have rotten bathroom floor. The floor is cracked and appears to settlement. Is this a serious problem? How difficult and expensive is it to repair? Can it be a DIY project?

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You should be talking to a licenced home inspector that's not one the realitor or seller has suggested that's on site.
No one here has X ray vision.
Someone has to go under this house and look at the floor joist and the extent of the damage.

With those cheap wall panels I would also be looking for soft spots in the wall and for rot under the tub from wall leaks.

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There is no easy way to break this to you gently.
Rotten floors can be a bag of worms. We can liken them to an iceberg.......
........What you see may only be the tip of the problem or the extent of the damage caused by water.
I assume that this is a wood floor.

If there is a crawl space, take a look at the extent of the damage from underside, you could be lucky and it is just the substrate damaged, but judging from the cracked tiles it involves a joist or two as well.

Unfortunately I am sure it will require the fixtures removed and the sub floor
taken up to see the extent. Trying to work in a crawl space is a real pain.

Worst case scenario will need new floor joists, sub floor and tile. Then you have to consider if you want to replace all the fixtures at the same time.

Yes it can be a DIY job............but it takes experience to get it right.

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Old bathrooms like that can be like cancer, once you open it up your going to find two other things wrong.
Old steel plumbing that will all need to be replaced, Cast iron drain pipes that will leak at some point, 50 year old shut offs, and shower controls that need changing.
Then your going to want to change all the fixtures to some other color other then that ugly brown.
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Thank you all for your help. Could you help one more time to estimate the repair cost in the wost scenario? joists problem?

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Thank you all for your help. Could you help one more time to estimate the repair cost in the wost scenario? joists problem?

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We could but that is dependent on what is discovered when demolishing the floors and is dependent on where you live.
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Thank you all for your help. Could you help one more time to estimate the repair cost in the wost scenario? joists problem?

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The safest "estimate" would be to assume you have to gut the entire bathroom down to the studs/joists, and perhaps even replace a few joists. Of course you'd have to reinstall a new subfloor, tiling, fixtures, etc. etc. A whole new bathroom. What size is the bathroom?

If it's a "standardish" 5'x8' bathroom, I'd say somewhere in the neighborhood of $10k if you're paying someone else to do everything. Give or take a few thousand? As anyone here will tell you, guesstimates are just that.. a guess.
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I'll have to pass this house, found several more problems, other than the bathroom, the other floor is bouncing too, there are water leaks in the kitchen ceiling, the attic above is wet with black mold. And maybe there are hidden problem. Will cost a lot too repair all this. Thanks all for your help.

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