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Unread 03-01-2007, 11:27 AM   #1
carrie brooklyn
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Temporary fix for damaged bathroom floor linoleum?

The bathroom floor of the rental apartment in our house is damaged; linoleum around the tub is in pieces and the subfloor looks like it's been soaked. We're going to replace the whole floor this summer but need a quick fix to last six months or so. Any ideas?
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Unread 03-01-2007, 11:52 AM   #2
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Hi Carrie,

I would first try to figure out exactly where the water is coming from. Is it leaky pipes in the tub wall or leakage from tub/shower use? If the latter, from where? The tub and/or drain could be cracked, maybe a shower curtain that isn't properly drawn when in use, no flange on the tub, etc. etc. Continued leakage obviously furthers the problem, especially if there is a living space below this bathroom. Replacing the floor while not fixing the source of the water will of course cause the problem again.

I don't know of a temporary band aid for this one. If the shower has to be used and the tub itself isn't leaking, I've seem pictures on this thread of people lining the tub walls with plastic and draping them down to the tub floor. Kind of eerie if you ask me, but if drainage off the walls is the culprit it will solve the problem. Also recaulking joints, fixtures, anywhere where water can penetrate can make a big difference.

Maybe you can come back and tell us more about where the water is coming from?
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Unread 03-01-2007, 02:11 PM   #3
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The water is coming from improperly using the shower curtain...a little water gets on the sides of the tubs and falls down to the floor. Or from the tenants getting out of the shower and dripping water onto the floor. The tenants aren't very careful...
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Try these in the tub corners...
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Unread 03-01-2007, 02:23 PM   #5
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Watch they don't trip over that and sue you.
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Unread 03-01-2007, 02:32 PM   #6
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If that is the case just wet tenants dripping on the floor,pull up the linoleum ,let the floor dry,put down some more linoleum,caulk it real well against the tub and walls ,this will keep the dripping water from getting to the wood,then they can wipe it up or air dry it,ps.there is no fix for sloppy tenants except the point of a cowboy boot applied to the backside!!!!marvin
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Unread 03-01-2007, 02:39 PM   #7
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For a temporary fix, what marvin said, or even cruder, cut an extra piece of linoleum a bit longer than the tub and maybe 2-3 feet wide and secure it to the existing linoleum. Like Marvin said, caulk the floor/tub joint really well. Note, I don't do projects this way! but I'm just trying to respond to your situation.

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Make sure the tub isn't sloped to dump water on the floor.
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Unread 03-03-2007, 10:50 AM   #9
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Right now the problem is that a single tile, ~3 inches from the tub and juuuuust underneath the toilet has come loose. The subfloor underneath it is wet (well, damp) and we want to keep more water from getting in. The area where the tile used to be is dirty, slightly damp and uneven - the plywood (?) is flaking and dusty.

Is it possible to replace a single tile over that? And if so, how should I affix the tile and what precautions should I take to keep water from getting in? I'm willing to have it look a little sloppy as it is a just a stopgap solution.

Thanks for all of the suggestions so far.

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