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Old 03-18-2014, 06:05 PM   #1
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Hello everyone, new guy here, so don't beat me up too bad. I don't have much experience with home repairs so I'm here for some help. The water heater in my parents house started with a small undetectable leak, the leak wasn't noticed noticed until the vinyl tiles in the laundry room began seeping water out of the seams. The water heater has been replaced but the floor is still soaked, there are 3 layers of vinyl tiles stuck down on the slab. Is this something that can dried out or should we go ahead and rip up all the tiles down to the slab and start fresh? If I do end up ripping up the tiles I will probably need some advice on that too, never done any flooring but I guess this is a good time to learn. Thanks!

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Old 03-18-2014, 06:10 PM   #2
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Are these glued down tiles, or peel and stick tiles.
Start by sucking up all you can ASAP with a shop vac.
Run a dehumidifier for about a week.
See if the tiles are loose.
Do not put this off or your going to be dealing with mold.

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Old 03-18-2014, 06:22 PM   #3
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The bottom tiles are glued down and the top two layers are stick on. I will be picking up a dehumidifier later today.
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Lift out the loose ones and shop vac the open area---let us know the color of the old glue----that is one of those jobs that can be really easy or a huge pain in the back---You never know until you start--
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Alright, I pulled up the tiles behind the water heater; confirmed two layers of stick on tiles then the bottom tiles are glued down with black glue. I think this leak has been going on awhile too, the smell when I pulled up the tiles smells like rotting wood and swamp.
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The old glue is called 'cutback' --so that is an old installation---

Good news--the tiles should pop off easily ---

Bad news--the cutback and original tiles might contain some asbestos

I suggest you get a bent scraper and start pealing up the old tiles--sprits the stuff with water to keep dust down---

repair any rotten wood---then get back to us for ideas on adding a new floor covering for your folks---
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Hopefully there isn't any wood products involved since this is a slab floor.

I recommend removing all the tiles as already stated. Let us know the condition of the slab once you see it, post a pic if you can. Don't freak out too much about the asbestos. It's not gonna hurt you. Just don't grind it. mist as Mike said.

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