Flooring that is beginning to rot, usually because of a leak, is a sign of a inevitable accident about to happen soon. The worst spots for these are the ones right in front of the doors because everyone keeps on walking on it. Even if you know that a rotted spot is there, it is difficult to avoid it. Before you can address the entire flooring, it is important that you fix the leak that is near the door.
If you simply replace the flooring, the rotting will devour that new one as well. The easiest way to do that is by covering the door or the seal through which the water is leaking with insulation of expanding foam. Get the one that is specifically meant for windows and doors. Once you know that a door is leak proof, you fix the floor.
- Start by removing the trim and any other molding near the floor and attached to it. Work carefully with a pry bar or the end of a hammer.
- Get rid of the finished floorings so that you can see the rotting underneath portion of it. Kick through all the rotten parts, you can even use a hammer and the floor will easily cave in. After this you should continue to remove the rest of the rotten parts. Make sure that you are pulling the crumbs of plywood out so that you don’t end up with a bigger mess.
- Make sure that you remove everything from the middle of the first joist, and extensively into the floor. Make use of a circular saw that goes around an inch deep, so that it slices through this material. You can even use chalk to keep track of the cuts you should make. You can even make a square hole for the floor patch.
- You need to inspect the floor for mold. Spray mold infected areas with straight vinegar or a combination of hot water and borax. You need to allow the mixture to dry before you wipe it all away with a rag.
- Cut the subfloor material of your choice according to the measurements of your floor. To level the floor until it is level enough when you attach it to the crosspieces and joists.
- Use construction adhesive along the length of every crosspiece. Drop the subfloor in position, and use screws to attach it to the framing every 10 inches.
- At the end of it, sweep all sawdust and dirt. After that fill the cracks and the gaps with a floor leveler compound. You need to scoop it from the can and work it into the surface. Check the label for the cure duration. Next simply return the flooring and trim in place.
If you are in Barrie or anywhere near the area, you can always contact Aaron Lillie for more information on the home improvement subject.