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Old 03-26-2015, 04:15 PM   #1
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Nightmare flooring issue


ok, will spare the long story that lead me to this point, but with the first thaw of the year, we had water flood into our HVAC ducts in a slab. We did as much waterproofing and moisture protection humanly possible and was able to get everything dry about 2 weeks ago. Well, major rains his today and not only did the water comeback, we now know that it must be a leaking water line because the water was making a corner of carpet wet this whole time(we thought the dog peed first, then we assumed it was a leaking dehumidifier)....so now we are looking at MAJOR costs for locating the leak, breaking the slab, fixing the line, and then replacing the slab, carpets, etc.....SO my question is what type of flooring could be using for short term to cover up the area where I need to cut out the carpet? Not trying to look like a crackhouse, but we need to do this in stages because of the major cost coming. The only damp spot is in the rear of the house where the water line Ls towards the kitchen, so we are assuming the constant leak plus the ground water from a thaw was enough to break through the HVAC vent and now the subfloor.

If this is where the leak is, we could actually just block off the one last register that would be on that side of the leak as opposed to ripping it all out.....

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Old 03-26-2015, 06:42 PM   #2
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Not going to like the ansewer, but need to deal with the reality.
Sure sounds like an older home build before it was realized it was just a really bad idea.
Trying to find a leak under a slab and just patching in a piece is like playing whack a mole.
The duct work and all the supply plumbing is going to have to be rerouted.
How it's done depends on where you live.
The carpet and pad need to go if it got wet.
There is no "temperary" flooring that's going to hold up until the moisture issues are addressed.
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Maybe you don't have to cut the carpet. Just pull it up at the edges to lift off the tack strips. Roll it back and make your repairs. If needed cover any holes with plywood and roll the carpet back. It won't be pretty but it beats looking at a hole in the floor.
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Don't know which would cost the most, busting the slab up and repairing or taking the plumbing pipes over head, either way is not going to be cheap.
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Thanks for the replies. First time homeowner (8years) and have never had to undertake something like this. Have not done much slab work besides breaking up utility room floor to fix a leaking drop drain from the shower that was only slightly corroded so it would only leak back up when the water table was high. I live in an area notorious for flooding and sewer issues, there has been a class action suit against the suburb for years because they fouled up the drainage of some developments when accommodating for the newly built ones.

So what's best case/worst case $$ wise? Any ballpark numbers will help determine how many beers I drink tonight before biting the bullet tomorrow
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Pricing over the internet does not work well. I am sure you can't afford beer tonight.
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Best bet is to get three or more bids from local contractors so you can compare.
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