My bathrooms are back to back, and the floors are in serious
need of repair. They're "sagging," and one day I expect to sit
on the commode and go thru to the ground underneath.
I think this is a simple question, but I'm not entirely sure
of the answer. It may seem like a dumb question. I'm sorry if
you think so.
Whom do I contact to fix the bathroom floors? Do I hire a
carpenter? Should a plumber be involved?
My house was built with a crawlspace underneath and the sub-
flooring is all wood. In the bathrooms the wood subfloor is
covered with ceramic tile.
Thanks for your advice.
You would need to contact a carpenter to see if he can fix the situation
If not, then you'd need a carpenter to first rebuild the floor, and then
a plumber to install the toilet drain pipe.
That may involve tearing up your existing ceramic tile flooring.
On Friday, October 18, 2013 7:33:12 PM UTC-4, email@example.com wrote:
That depends on what's wrong and how the plumbing was done.
It's not unusual for a plumber to gut the joists just to make
it easier to run pipes. Part of the solution might be
re-routing pipes that run through cut joists, etc.
And as Nestork pointed out, what about the tile floors?
Are they OK or are they cracked from the sagging, need
to be replaced too, etc. If it's just sagging, no tile,
then I'd probably start with a carpenter. Find out why
it's sagging, what the suggested strategy is, etc.
If it's more involved, then a general contractor may be
the place to start.
On Saturday, October 19, 2013 11:34:25 AM UTC-4, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
No shit Sherlock. But as I pointed out, if the joist
are sagging because plumbers gutted them to run sewer lines
through, then a plumber may be needed and they
won't be just "fixing your bank account". Good grief.
I didn't see anyone suggesting to call a plumber first.
A decent carpenter should be able to do the entire job but if you're a
bit handy it's certainly not an impossible DIY task. Any plumbing
that's needed should be quite minimal and within the capability of a
Just be careful when you choose a carpenter. There are trim carpenters,
furniture carpenters, framing carpenters, etc. A sagging floor could mean
serious structural issues and you want to make sure the carpenter you hire
is familiar with whatever your actual problem is.
For example, if the subfloor is rotted, most contractors and many general
handyman types could easily do the repair. However, if you have rotted
joists or beams, sunken or cracked concrete piers/footers, or other
structural issues that are causing the floor to say, you'll want to make
sure whoever does the work is familiar with that type of repair.
First step is to determine the root cause of the sag and repair it. You
may need bracing, jacking, possibly wood replacement. Toilets may have
to be removed, but a handyman can do that cheaper than a plumber. It
you need drains repaired you will need a plumber.
If the floor is sagged or the wood is rotted, you may lose the ceramic
On Friday, October 18, 2013 4:02:21 PM UTC-5, Suzie-Q wrote:
ir. They're "sagging," and one day I expect to sit on the commode and go th
ru to the ground underneath. I think this is a simple question, but I'm not
entirely sure of the answer. It may seem like a dumb question. I'm sorry i
f you think so. Whom do I contact to fix the bathroom floors? Do I hire a c
arpenter? Should a plumber be involved? My house was built with a crawlspac
e underneath and the sub- flooring is all wood. In the bathrooms the wood s
ubfloor is covered with ceramic tile. Thanks for your advice. -- Sue 8^)~~
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First thing to do is to speak to your neighbors, tell them what you told us
here, and ask them for recommendations for a nearby handyman. Start with
an experienced handyman to find the problem, and then report here and we ca
n give you better advice. We need to know if this is a new problem, how old
the house is, more details about the sagging, locations and amount, etc.
It would depend on the extent of the work and the local trades. It is
pretty commonplace for flooring around a toilet to become rotten due to
a leak.....replacing part of a floor would be part of the job for a
plumber repairing a leak. Taking up and replacing tile complicates
matters, with the potential need to replace it all (if you are lucky,
that won't happen). First thing to do is get into the crawl space if
you can and assess the extent of the damage, the condition of structural
members and plumbing lines. Then grab a book on home repair and at
least be familiar with what is involved in making the needed repairs.
Then you will have an idea of how to approach contractors for estimates
(in writing!). It is possible that you could do it yourself, unless the
floor damage is extensive.
It sounds as if your fix will need a carpenter, plumber and tile man. The
work involved for each is pretty basic so if I were going to hire this done
I'd be looking for a "handy man"...someone competent in the basic
application of numerous trades.
Where to find one? Check Craig's List; maybe your local paper has a
section of want ads for various trades; ask your friends. Regardless of
where you find one, ask for references AND check with his previous
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