As I mentioned the other day, our landlord has given us permission to do some renovations in the bathroom this month. The existing floor is vinyl self-adhesive tile that was installed over sheet linoleum. The floor definitely has some lumps, bumps, and cracks from the multiple levels of vinyl which we intend to rip up and re-do.
However; it’s what lies beneath the linoleum that worries both us and our landlord particularly the area around the toilet.
The only way I can give you an accurate mental image of our bathroom floor (as it doesn’t show up in pictures well) is to imagine the floor as a soft structure like a mattress. Then set a heavy toilet on one corner – it sinks down right? Well a floor shouldn’t do that. Ours does. That little corner of the room appears to be sinking at the weight of the toilet and I just can’t wrap my head around it. Is there water damage under there? Was the floor never properly supported? We have no idea. So in about a week or so, we’ll have more answers for you. We’re ripping up the two layers of floor to start figuring out how to fix the structure beneath.
This is definitely one of those cases where we’re glad the house isn’t actually ours and this really isn’t our problem. Originally we just wanted to rip up the old floor and lay a new one because the previous owners had done such a poor job. But it makes the most sense to take care of any structural damage while the sub-floor is exposed. So when our landlord asked if they could do that while we were ripping stuff up, I could hardly say no. It’s beyond my expertise, but if they’re willing to take that on, I’m more than happy to let them do so.
I’ll admit that I’ll be a little sad to see this one go though.
Yeah. That’s definitely not a square tile. And it’s in the EXACT center of the room. Can’t miss it.