May 15, 2013, 04:45 PMSuzukisue
Help - Bathroom tile cracked
We sold our CA last July and moved to our home here in Texas. The home inspector did not find anything major wrong with the house so when, after moving in, we were surprised to find the tile in the upstairs bathroom cracked across the floor and the ceiling downstairs under the bathroom bulging.
What would cause this and how do we fix it?
May 15, 2013, 07:06 PMRe-mdlr
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but you could have some floor structure problems. Is it new construction or a very recent remodel?? You should bring in someone knowledgeable to look at it.
It probably will involve opening the ceiling from the lower floor to get a look and see what is happening. Then the repairs depend on what is found. Are the tile cracks following the grout, or cutting right across the tile itself??
May 15, 2013, 08:06 PMGardenSprite
Was this home vacant for awhile after you entered in the transaction and before you moved?
Did the inspector include any certifications in his/her report? You may have some legal recourse.
Also, you may want to contact your insurance company, but there could be an issue of coverage if it can be determined when the damage occurred and it was before you closed on the deal. Still, it's worth a try.
Good luck. This must be very disappointing.
May 16, 2013, 12:40 PMswschrad
get a budget $80 color inspection camera from a Harbor Freight store or the website, use a coupon to save 20% if it's not on sale. it will do the same job as a $300 Milwaukee. cut a small hole in the ceiling below, large enough to stick the camera flex snout and a long screwdriver into. check out the floor, using the screwdriver to poke and pry a little for rot.
you're going to have to take up that bathroom floor, most likely, but before you do, find out what's going on.
is there a home warranty plan that came with the purchase? if so, call the 800 number and let them check it out as well. those folks will NOT reimburse anybody for anything... they have to send their guy to check it, and use their guy to fix it.
this is a case where you really should walk the house with the inspector, point at stuff, and ask questions. "hey, what's with this floor? what's with this ceiling? can I poke this little toy fan in the outlets and see if they work without the plug falling out?" you can't fault the inspector for stuff that is not looked at. problem is, there are a number of them that do not have construction or remodelling experience, and unless a rat runs across their shoes and dumps one, might even miss signs of infestation.
inspectors don't do a Holmes on a house, they note what they can reasonably see and rate it according to a professional checklist they get from an association.
but he should have seen those issues and wondered.
this might also be a case of misrepresentation of the house, which is lawyer food. carefully check the disclosure forms required of the seller and provided you from your agent. if "floor cracks" are noted, somebody should have checked that out.
good luck with this. there's a project in there someplace.