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Old 08-28-2010, 03:44 PM   #1
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Inspection of floor underneath vinyl tile?

Hello all.

Can't seem to find this answer using the search link. How do you accurately tell if the floor is rotten underneath vinyl tile?

Do you try to sound the floor with a tool? Use body weight? What about the integrity of the floor underneath cabinets, beds, bathroom fixtures?

Are there signs above the floor on the walls? I read that one needed to look at the windows for streaking which indicates a leak in the roof.

Also, the trailer does not have a working plumbing system. Could this be a sign of a burst pipe/water damage/trouble?

Thank you!

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Old 08-28-2010, 03:56 PM   #2
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If your foot falls thru there is a problem.
Lot of posts in the archives about soft spots. Vinyl tile is a problem as small damage won't show up, with carpet it is easy to use an ice pick determine damage. Study the archives and find where specific models have been known to leak, windows, door, vents, and you might be lucky to find one that has been stored inside all its life and not have any. I have a moisture meter for wood and it can show where a problem exists without damaging surface, but it just shows where it is wet or changed from solid plywood even tho you can read numbers changing, nothing like visually seeing damage.

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Old 08-28-2010, 04:07 PM   #3
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The floors rot from the outside edge into the interior. Tapping or the sound method is one way. Open all the outside hatches and probe with an ice-pick around the parimeter. Open all the cabinets etc.and probe around the edges where the floor meets the walls. You could get lucky and find a sound subfloor but that is not the norm. Check around the bathroom very closely.

The plumbing is most likely shot, that is pretty much the standard. It was originally plumbed with copper and it does not react well with freezing temps if the trailer was not winterized properly.

The Denver area is not a bad place to have trouble, and need help. There is alot of restoration/repair knowledge on the front range.
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Old 08-28-2010, 05:18 PM   #4
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With my floor, where there was tile, there was no damage to the floor wood. The tile was installed in the center walk area only and not under the built in's. The floor damage on mine was limited to the living area from the walk door to the first front rib. I found and sealed 11 separate leaks from the door to the rib.

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