Tubs, Showers Jacuzzi tub shower combination

Published on July 23rd, 2018 | by Henri


Floor around Jacuzzi tub is rotting

Q.  Good morning! I have asked your advice in the past and have been so pleased with your response. Thank you! I have another issue.

We had a Jacuzzi tub and surround put in our main bathroom a few years ago. We now have an issue where the shower has leaked onto the floor from the front edge — maybe splash, maybe from cleaning the gaps between the tub and surround. Either way, the molding was punky so I tore it out. Then I noticed the actual plywood floor was discolored and coming apart in large splinters. The contractor we hired to put the tub in is a friend, and we were going to hire him to fix the floor. However, he is suggesting that we take the tub out and replace the entire floor. I am worried they will crack or break the tub, and I can’t afford that.

I am wondering if there is an epoxy or something I can put on the plywood to prevent further damage without having to take the tub out.
Do you have any other ideas to fix this issue? Thank you again for any help you may be able to offer me!

A.    If the damage is limited to a small area next to the tub, you can try a 2-part epoxy product, which you can buy in paint and hardware stores.
You’ll have to remove the damaged wood first to get to a sound base.

Once you have repaired the damage by following the directions on the product, you can tool the epoxy to end up with a smooth surface. The floor finish can then be put back.

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