Water damage, with photos.


Couple of weeks ago I posted a question about possible water damage from some deposit along the edge of the bathtub. It's a hard deposit which I scrapped off with a paint scrapper. I don't know if it'll come back.
Here are some pictures of the deposit. What is it?
http://tinyurl.com/5s6cwr
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My guess is that there is condensation in the wall cavity of the bathroom. This "slow" water accumulation when mixed with the "chemicals" in the studs could result in the condition you are having. It is also possible that you have termite infestaion there, often attracted by moisture, which would explain why you have hard deposits around the edges. You did not state if the bathroom has exterior walls. Is the bathroom well insulated? Are you in a location with extreme low temperatures? One "drastic' way of getting an idea about what is going on in the wall cavity is to remove a small piece of the sheetrock (pershaps 12"x12") that will let you look inside. HTH.
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On Aug 26, 5:28 am, snipped-for-privacy@uark.edu wrote:

Thanks. We live in a hot dry climate (Sacramento, CA). The bathroom does have external wall, I don't know if it's well insulated.
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PeterL wrote:

It's water seeping from under the bathtub, IMO. Probably a small and not constant leak, which suggest the water is coming from a drain or a shower pipe.
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Well, people it turns out to be water damage. Although not extensive and easily fixed (with a rather large sum of money). Guy is going to come a caulk up everything.
Thanks for all your help.
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PeterL wrote:

With all those tiles (beautiful, by the way) it can get expensive fast.
Thank you for letting us know what was it...
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$1,000 to caulk up everything, including some baseboard, etc.
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What's your address? I'll caulk it for $850 and you can take wifey out to dinner with the savings.
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re: it turns out to be water damage
Just curious: What do you mean by "water damage".
The deposits, in and of itself, isn't really "damage", just the minerals left over from the water.
When I think of water damage, I think of mushy drywall, rotted joists, popping tiles, etc.
What exactly was the problem and was there any *real* damage?
Now, this would be water damage:
http://www.sungsblog.com/images/water-damage-ceiling.jpg
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I guess it would be minor water damage. I was not there when the guy came. But according to wifey he said we have some leakage from the shower adjasent to the tub, and some moisture from the window.
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And it's $1000 to do what? Just caulk? I'd say you're getting hosed.
As someone else pointed out, from what's in the pictures, you have some crud from water accumulating, probably from the shower water getting where it's not supposed to be. If you have actual damage to be repaired, which would involve substantially more than removing what's there and caulking, then $1000 sounds OK If it's just removing crud and re-caulking, then I'd say you're getting hosed.
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On Aug 29, 8:53 am, snipped-for-privacy@optonline.net wrote:

That's not the only area.
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PeterL,
No offense, but please understand where we're coming from.
You came to this forum looking for advice and we're just trying to help/protect you.
You showed us some pictures of mineral deposits on a tile floor and called it "water damage". That's not what most of us would call "damage."
You still haven't told us what the actual problem is. "some leakage from the shower adjasent to the tub, and some moisture from the window" could mean many things, some of which can be fixed for a couple of dollars.
You then said "$1,000 to caulk up everything, including some baseboard, etc." From the minimal amount of info you've shared, $1,000 seems awfully high.
You can buy a jacuzzi tub for less than that, so when we see the words "caulk up everything" and $1000 in the same sentence our rip-off detectors go off. When I hear $1000 from a contractor, I want it be followed with things like "open a wall, replace the diverter, re-pipe the drains, close it up, paint" etc.
Do yourself a favor and get a second (and third) quote - or at least explain to us in a little more detail what you're getting for your $1,000 - besides caulk.
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OK I might just do that.
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If you buy a house near Grand River, you must jot down the number of a good water damage specialist in Grand Rapids, MI. Just in case. http://www.firstchoiceclean.com/
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