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Mysterious soft spot in the kitchen

Mysterious soft spot in the kitchen

 

The new tenants were pleased with there new home but had a question regarding a spot in the kitchen floor. The area had a lot of “give” to it and it didn't feel normal. I was called to look at the problem and help out.

There was no signs of moisture in the material and nothing in the unit below that helped answer the question. Since the problem needed to be addressed, I suggested opening the floor to look. My first observation was that there were four layers of vinyl over the sub-flooring. This is not recommended.

Removing a small section of vinyl revealed a soft section of sheathing. This area was very soft and the flooring probably prevented someone falling through. After removing this area there was signs of a moisture problem, this must have been the reason for the soft spots.

Since the damage was a limited area, it was a quick fix. The flooring people will now need to come in a remove the four layers of vinyl and install a new one.

Getting the answers to your flooring problems in Sacramento can be a matter of contacting the right flooring contractor in your area of Sacramento.

Comments

Good morning Tom. It will be a job to remove four layers but at least it will be done right.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) almost 3 years ago

Hello Tom,  Great job of getting to the bottom of the situation and making the right suggestion.  Hope you havea great weekend.

Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) almost 3 years ago

We often come across multiple layers but what a treat to find 4!  I think you find this more often in rentals where they try to go as cheap as possible.

Posted by Women of Westchester Working Together, Women helping Women get ahead (Women of Westchester Working Together) almost 3 years ago

Tom - that really looks strange.  It look likes insulation.  A floor with 4 layers of vinyl is certainly not good.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) almost 3 years ago

Hi Tom, I am glad you found the problem with the flooring in this home.

Posted by Sybil Campbell, REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia (Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia) almost 3 years ago

The four layers seem to be coming up as one Sheila Anderson , I think the removal will be easy.

Posted by Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage (Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366) almost 3 years ago

Thanks Will Hamm , it was simple to see once it was opened up.

Posted by Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage (Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366) almost 3 years ago

You are exactly right Women of Westchester Working Together  (Debbie).

Posted by Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage (Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366) almost 3 years ago

There is insulation in the floor area Grant Schneider , the vinyl will need to be corrected.

Posted by Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage (Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366) almost 3 years ago

It will be safer to walk around the kitchen now Sybil Campbell 

Posted by Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage (Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366) almost 3 years ago

Tom, Removing one layer of vinyl is an ugly job.  Removing four layers?  What do people do lazy work and lay over material rather than removing the old?  I had a tile guy attempt to lay tile over vinyl in my home years ago ... he was booted out before he got started.

Posted by Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) almost 3 years ago

Tom- evidence again of someone doing a half-A__ job.  At least they can now address the issue. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) almost 3 years ago

Now that they know there are issues they can strip everything away and start fresh and clean

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) almost 3 years ago

Good morning Tom.  I recall Michael Thornton in some of his former photos wearing a cap like Sherlock Holmes complete with a pipe.  Maybe you should start looking for your own

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty AR LLC) almost 3 years ago

How about a video of an aggressive jump to see just how weak it is?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 3 years ago

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