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How do I know if my bathroom needs to be ripped up due to moisture?

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Posted by: from Ottawa
1/29/2015 at 2:05:54 PM

We purchased a house a couple years ago. I have just noticed that water is leaking slowly thru the caulking in the bottom of the shower between the door rails and the shower base. Also the caulking between the shower base and the floor has a small gap in all the way around. After noticing this, I noticed that the baseboard by the shower is cracking and soft, and then I poked the drywall just about the baseboard with my finger and easily poked thru it.

Is it likely that the bathroom has lot's of mold and rot, or can I just dry everything out, replace the drywall and baseboard and caulking with new stuff?

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Date/Time1/29/2015 at 3:58:43 PM

Rent or buy a moisture meter. This will tell you right away if you have damage in your walls.

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Josephine from Mreno Properties Ltd. in Oakville
Date/Time1/29/2015 at 4:09:46 PM

Good afternoon;

You most likely have mold. And would need to replace the areas that are affected.

This will need to be a dressed as mould is something that over time can be hazards.

Thanks

Mrenk

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Date/Time1/29/2015 at 4:30:09 PM

Hi Sir,

Moisture can come from lots of sources improper ventilation,, thermal bridging, grout joints and caulking it certainly sounds like you have a moisture issue the only way to be 100% is with a moisture meter it will assess moisture behind the tile but this may be a cost that is not needed as it certainly sounds like you know you have a issue.

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Date/Time1/29/2015 at 4:34:07 PM

I would recommend replacing the wet materials and correcting the caulking issue. The water will accelerate the growth of mold and rot. The repair sounds relatively inexpensive and would save you money and possible sickness.

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Date/Time1/29/2015 at 5:36:11 PM

I agree with what Marlon says. You will not know the extent of the problem until you address the damage. You will have to replace the drywall and baseboard that is damaged, when you have that area opened up you will be able to access the extent of the damage. Some mold is easy to deal with, and if you have caught this early enough, you may not have a major renovation to deal with.

Good luck to you.

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Brian from Next Restoration in Rockwood
Date/Time1/29/2015 at 7:48:18 PM

Could be a caulking issue. As well your drain may be compromised and leaking.

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Date/Time1/29/2015 at 10:07:20 PM

Call in a pro to assess the extent of true damage or sloppy showers. Likely the former, so get a pro in there for an estimate to repair the damage right. Get a trusted pro.

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Joel from Rise Renovations in Windsor
Date/Time1/31/2015 at 10:51:56 PM

Sounds like you've assessed the situation pretty well from what you can see. You will only really find the extent of the damage by removing the affected areas and seeing what's going on behind the walls. Hopefully this is just the early signs of water penetration, and no mold has grown. My guess would be your shower is due for an upgrade and better ventilation is needed. But definitely have someone with experience come in and give his opinion before getting the sledge hammer out.

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