Ranch Style Home Needs New Flooring (slab)

Nick85November 3, 2013

Purchased a home back in 2007. It was built in the 70's. The living & dining rooms connect forming an "L". Recently the flooring (laminate) is starting to buckle. Looks like the previous owner did not put down a moisture barrier between the concrete subfloor and the laminate. The living room was previously sunken and raised with 2 by 4(s) and plywood to match the level of the dining room. This floor is starting to sink and the plywood has dry rot. What is the best way to remedy this disaster. Put down a moisture barrier or have the concrete sealed....or both. Really need some sound advice on this one. (Levitt Home - Bowie MD)

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Sophie Wheeler

You've got moisture issues. Beyond just a moisture barrier on the slab. You need to find out why you're having such moisture issues. Like the soil grading changed and is no longer directing water away from the house, or a gutter or downspout is clogged. Or isn't directed away from the house.

You've got to figure all of that out before even thinking about flooring. That's going to involve some in person investigating from you and from someone experienced in dealing with those issues. You might consider hiring a structural engineer to figure out where the problems are coming from, and to what extent they've affected the integrity of the home. That will let you create a plan and figure out what needs to be done by professionals.

    Bookmark   November 4, 2013 at 11:35AM
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Maybe a small seaping leak in the plumbing somewhere. Not all that unusual for a pipe to be leaking in/under a slab.

Otherwise possibly rain leakage. Check roof/attic if possible.

    Bookmark   November 7, 2013 at 6:36AM
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Nick, are you still here? Which model, the Shenendoah (3 BR) or the Tred Avon (4 BR, detached garage)?

    Bookmark   December 17, 2013 at 11:16PM
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