Mysterious soft spot in the kitchen

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Home Builder with Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 CSL#642819

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 (15)

Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

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

Dec 05, 2015 12:17 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

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

Dec 05, 2015 12:22 AM
Women of Westchester Working Together
Women of Westchester Working Together - West Harrison, NY
Women helping Women get ahead

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.

Dec 05, 2015 12:43 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

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

Dec 05, 2015 01:23 AM
Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

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

Dec 05, 2015 01:37 AM
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

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

Dec 05, 2015 01:41 AM
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

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

Dec 05, 2015 01:42 AM
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

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

Dec 05, 2015 01:42 AM
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

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

Dec 05, 2015 01:50 AM
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

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

Dec 05, 2015 01:51 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

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.

Dec 05, 2015 02:07 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

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

Dec 05, 2015 02:31 AM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

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

Dec 05, 2015 10:39 AM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

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

Dec 05, 2015 06:54 PM
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

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

Dec 06, 2015 04:54 AM

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