Do I need to replace subfloor?


Old 03-25-18, 11:18 AM
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Do I need to replace subfloor?

Hi, I am redoing our bathroom flooring and replacing the toilet. As I pulled up the previous floor covering (carpet???) I could tell there was water around the toilet but doesn’t seem terrible. Should I replace the subfloor, or can I clean and prime, and then lay the new floor (tile) over it without replacing?
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Old 03-25-18, 11:21 AM
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Here is the picture of the subfloor if this helps
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Old 03-25-18, 11:25 AM
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If it is not soft then it is just a discoloration.

Your tile gets set on cement backer board (or similar approved membrane) not directly on the wood. Backer board is set in a bed of thinset and screwed down with appropriate fasteners for the brand backer board you used. You also need a beefy enough subfloor to be able to install tile on. How thick is your subfloor?
Old 03-25-18, 11:53 AM
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These are times where I think a moisture meter would be handy.

If the wood feels moist/damp, I would probably replace the subfloor just to make sure mold doesn't form.
Old 03-25-18, 01:37 PM
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It looks a lot like particle board, although the picture is too fuzzy to tell. If it is, yes, replace it.

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