Most likely, beneath your carpeting, tile, linoleum, laminate, or hardwood is a subfloor, which is usually plywood. It is important to remember that it is not just the top flooring materials that need to be replaced from time to time. You will need to do your best to know the signs that it is time to have the subfloor repaired or completely replaced. To help you with that, here are a few things that you will need to look for:
Mysterious Stains Are Appearing
Do not make the mistake of assuming that all stains on your floor are the result of something that was spilled. If you are noticing that there are spots starting to form on your carpet, where there was never anything spilled, there is a good chance that the subfloor in that spot is rotting. The spot is most likely the cause of mold and mildew, especially when you find that the spot is getting bigger on its own, as time passes.
You Feel A Soft Spot
It is not normal, nor acceptable, to have a spot that feels soft as you walk across it. Therefore, if you feel a soft or soggy spot on your floor, it is safe to assume that that section needs to be replaced. When you or your flooring contractor rip up the carpet or other flooring material to expose the subfloor, it will be able to be determined whether the entire subfloor is damaged, which would then require all of it to be replaced. If you do not have this issue corrected as soon as possible, you could find that the soft section of subfloor will completely break and then your foot could end up in the hole. This is dangerous and could result in injury, or possibly even a lawsuit if it is a guest in your home that hurts themselves walking across your floor.
There Are Cracks Forming In Your Drywall
Make no mistake about it - cracks in the lower part of your drywall may be a major sign that you have something going wrong with your subfloor. This is because as the subfloor weakens, the floor joists can also weaken. When that happens, the drywall can shift, which will result in the formation of cracks. So if you are wondering if you have a subflooring problem, but are not noticing any of the previously mentioned signs, look closely at the drywall that is closest to your baseboards. If you spot cracks, it is time to call for professional assistance.
For more information, contact companies like Florida Floor Specialist LLC.