Help with flooring in new house

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Old 04-05-16, 10:08 PM
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hello! i am new here and I am buying a house. they ripped out the carpet and under it in the bedroom closet i found the attached picture. any ideas what caused this damage? how much would this cost to fix by someone i hire? thank you!
 
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Old 04-06-16, 02:29 AM
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Welcome to the forums!

Hard to tell from the pic what caused the damage but as long as it wasn't insect damage it shouldn't be too big of a deal. It isn't a real big deal to remove the rest of the damaged flooring and install new although it might require refinishing the entire room's floor to make it an invisible repair.

Labor costs vary greatly so the best way to figure the cost of having someone else do the work is to get several bids.
 
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Old 04-06-16, 03:54 AM
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I would be concerned with the subflooring as well. What shape is it in? As Mark said, if it is just the hardwood, not a big deal, but if it goes deeper, and on into the joisting, then it could be a little more extensive and expensive. Can you tell us what damages are there below the hardwood?
 
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I can't see any subfloor below the hardwood. I wonder if the boards were cut out for access to something. In any case if there isn't any other damage it is a pretty simple repair.

FWIW I recently had floors redone in NH and they charged $10 a board for repairs.
 
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Had an exterminator inspect the house yet?
In this area an insect and moisture inspection has to be done before the bank lends the money.
Any access below that area, or is it a slab?
Before repairing I would want to figure out why it was done in the first place.
 
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Old 04-06-16, 07:07 AM
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That's unusual damage, the Oak planks are not so easy to destroy.

My concern is that a shower is located behind that wall and your entire subfloor could be rotted away.
 
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I don't see a lot of black on the hardwood so I don't think it got damaged by water, which makes me wonder about insect damage It's also curious as to why that section of floor doesn't have the same finish as the rest of the room.

Hopefully the OP will come back with more info for us .... especially about the sub floor.
 
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Old 04-06-16, 01:55 PM
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To me it looks like there used to be a large built in cabinet or something there. The floor is unfinished and there is no baseboard in that area. I think they just used scraps as filler as no one technically would ever see the floor. There are also a couple of short boards by an inch or so right at the leading edge of the door in the picture. No installer would end a run that close to the wall without a full piece.
 
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ill have to go back to the house and take more pictures for you guys. on the other side of that wall is the bathroom shower. someone mentioned water damage? I will take more pics and try to get more information about what caused it. check back tonight or tomorrow night for more pics!


thank you for all your help!
 
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There will be stains in the wood [subfloor or hardwood] if there is water damage. A pic showing the subfloor would be helpful.
 
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new pics

So thanks for the tips about water damage after looking up from the basement i found the following water damage pics. i have to take the entire bathroom floor up and redo it.Name:  vlcsnap-2016-04-06-20h40m33s115.jpg
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the first third and fourth pics are from the bedroom looking into the flooring. (into the damage from the original picture i started the thread with) the other pics are from the basement looking up

i know it can be confusing sorry
 
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last pic from basement looking up
 
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Old 04-07-16, 03:43 AM
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I'll have to go with water damage from the shower, since it now shows considerable mold growth and rotted subflooring. Once this damage started, it appears a cabinet was secured in place to hide it and the floor was finished. You may have to remove a sizeable amount of flooring, repair joisting as well as subflooring, then re lay new flooring in order to make it whole again.
 
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Old 04-18-16, 05:38 AM
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Friend had a similar issue they were trying to figure it out what caused the damage, as there was no leaking piping or anything else that could have caused the damage. It turned out that previous owner caused the damage by dripping water while watering the flowers.
 
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