Water damage before and after

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Hey, Just wanted to share my photos of a bathroom floor I had to redo due to water damage by my previous tenant. The bathroom in the upstairs hallway had an old, ugly laminate floor, which allowed water to seep into the underlayment and subfloor causing mold.

I'm a big DIY'er and I decided to tile the floor so that I don't have any future water damage to this area. I cleaned up the floor, ripped out what was too far gone to repair and laid down new cement board and tiles. It takes a lot of elbow (and knee) grease to do, but in the end it'll be worth it and it all cost < $200 for the supplies needed (I already have all the tools). I also decided to redo the floor in the master bath, which had the same ugly floor (but no damage). Because it didn't make sense to have a decent floor in the hallway and an ugly one in the master.

Unfortunately, since I couldn't prove the tenant caused the damage I just have to eat the cost (and write it off in taxes later).

That looks soooo much better than the flooring you had in there!

My latest purchase is getting ceramic tile installed in all the baths, foyer, kitchen, and eat In kitchen area.   It's forever and can take some serious abuse.  Worth the upfront cost and it helps attract higher quality renters. 

Good job. Definitely an improvement. 

Good job!  I've had that happen as well.  You may consider using silicone around the perimeter of the tub where it meets the tile.  I've been doing this to tenant proof upstairs bathrooms.

The new tile looks great! Huge improvement over what was there. Great job.

If your putting in tile, just make SURE you buy some extra and put it someplace you won't forget.

A house I bought had a tile hall/living room,,two tiles were busted up bad,,no way in the world to find anything that would go with the current tile and couldn't find a way to use something different,,,,ended up having about 450 sq. ft of tile removed and vinyl plank put down,,,2 pieces of tile would have saved me,,,i have tile in some rentals, I put a few pieces in the attic of the rental and some in my whop/warehouse marked what house its from

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