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
Here are some pictures of the deposit. What is it?
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.
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:
And it's $1000 to do what? Just caulk? I'd say you're getting
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.
No offense, but please understand where we're coming from.
You came to this forum looking for advice and we're just trying to
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
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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