Basement Bathroom

Old 07-26-01, 02:42 PM
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Severe water damage necessitates replacing basement bathroom. When I pulled up the old flooring I found totally decayed plywood and floor joists. Beneath that, mud & clay. How do I go about repairing such extensive damage?
Half of the basement has a concrete slab and the other half has a plywood floor. I assume that beneath that flooring there is nothing but dirt. Can this be repaired using only lumber? If so, how do I tie it in with the existing flooring without any visible solid wood available? How important is it to get the decayed wood removed? Will it just keep rotting or will it stop once it dries out?
Should I have concrete poured instead?
Old 07-28-01, 08:08 PM
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Definitely remove ALL of the wet and rotted wood.
You can rebuild it with pressure-treated framing and p-t plywood, but I would have concrete poured to match the rest of the basement flooring and solve the problem once and for all.
Good Luck!


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