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guyfromNJ

10:19AM | 06/13/03
Member Since: 06/12/03
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My building is a early 1900 construction renovated in 1984 into a 4 unit condominium. I live on the first floor and there is a crawlspace under the first floor.

Earlier this year i began to notice a dark spot along the floor on the edge of the wall opposite a bath in my house. It got longer and longer up to 2.5 ft before i investigated a loose time in that bath and found that there was a quarter-sized hole in it. I have made sure not to use that shower for a while (have second bath) to see if the spot would retreat or fade. it is still there and just getting lighter in color, but seems like its still growing. I also made sure that there was no water around the toilets and that flappers and such are noiseless.

Onto the floor being unlevel. I feel the floor slanting as you walk through spots in the house, and until recently, I thought that it was b/c my building was so old. Now im beginning to notice that all the slants point in the direction of that spot on the wall.

I guess my question for the forum is: How severe do you think this sounds? Do you think the floor will give way? How much danger am I in? Obviously I need to have this inspected by a home inspector (had one when I bought the place a year and half ago) and then repaired, but what am I looking at here?

Thanks for any input from the readers. This is a very informative site b/c of you all.

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fragasaurus

10:46AM | 06/13/03
Member Since: 12/01/02
93 lifetime posts
When I lifted the carpet up in the house I bought last year I found a dark area in the hardwood against the wall which adjoined a bathroom. Turned out it was rot and I had to cut up the floor, cut up the subfloor and replace that section of both. Not really a huge undertaking if you have easy access to the affected areas. I'd try to get in the crawlspace and see what it looks like underneath.

carpetman

03:51PM | 06/13/03
Member Since: 01/26/03
542 lifetime posts
i would contact a general contractor(perhaps your home owner's insurance would give you a name)and have an estimate done,this type of problem may be covered by your home owners insurance,any way it may be best to get two bids,when you get the bids quizz them about what needs to be done,then you can decide if you want to do it your self...good luck
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