+ Reply to Thread
Results 1 to 3 of 3
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Posts
    26

    Default Leaking pipe disaster

    A friend came over to our house and used the third floor bathroom. We didn't realise that there was a huge problem with that toilet. When the friend flushed it it started to pour out water, whiched leaked through the floor and ceiling to the second floor bedroom beneath it and down to the kitchen beneath that. As much of the water was mopped up as possible, but we're worried about mold growing in between the floors. Is there anything we can do to prevent this aside from ripping out all the wet stuff and replacing it?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Pacific Northwet
    Posts
    1,361

    Default Re: Leaking pipe disaster

    If all areas that got wet are dried up quickly, there's little chance for mold to become a problem. If you notice any swelling of the bathroom floor, it indicates that you may have particle board underlayment. This underlayment will need to be replaced. When you get moisture between the floors such as this, it's helpful to cut small openings in the ceiling drywall to get air circulation into the joist cavities until it dries out. Of course, that means repairing the drywall. But I doubt you'll have to rip up the bathroom floor. A one-time water event rarely causes long-term damage to wood.

    Were you able to identify the problem and correct it to prevent a repeat disaster?
    The "Senior Member" designation under my name doesn't mean I know a lot, it just means I talk a lot.I've been a DIYer since I was 12 (thanks, Dad!). I have read several books on various home improvement topics. I do not have any current code books I can refer to. I was an apprentice plumber for two years.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Posts
    26

    Default Re: Leaking pipe disaster

    We were lucky that the friend that used the toilet is a plumber, and he's coming to fix it very soon. For now the water to that bathroom is shut off to keep it from leaking anymore and no one is using it. He thinks it's a seal leak, but won't know for sure until he actually gets in there and looks.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •