Water damage causes dry rot. Dry rot is an invitation to Carpenter Ants. Once you’ve got Carpenter Ants eating away at your home you’ve got trouble. The downward spiral continues to feed the dry rot and colony of Carpenter Ants. Carpenter Ants can do thousands of dollars of damage to your home. They eat wood to make room to build their nests which weakens the structure of your home. You’ve got to remove the dry rot to get rid of the Carpenter Ants.
Remove the finished flooring:
One of the most common places for dry rot to start in your home is near Kitchen and Bathroom fixtures. Often a very small leak will begin the downward spiral.
Reveal the subfloor to determine the extent of damage:
The only good news about dry rot and Carpenter ant damage is the opportunity to get a new floor. In an older home it may already be time for a new floor so . . let the work begin. First the old floor must be removed to expose the sub floor and the extent of the damage. This project had an ugly vinyl floor with a chip board, (particle board sub floor).
Remove the damaged framing:
Another bit of good news on this project is that the carpenter and and dry rot damage was only about 2 square feet. Since this was an active nest an exterminator was brought in to destroy the ants.
Replace the subflooring:
Bragg Construction and Remodeling builds Tile floors to last. Tile Floors are very durable if built on top of a cement sub floor. We glue the cement floor to the sub floor and nail with ring shank nails. Notice the pencil lines with a suggested lay out for the 1 x 2 tiles.
Install a new flooring:
The skills of the Master carpenter are also useful in the installation of tile. Notice the professional product: Undercut door jambs and casings, Good layout, and Straight lines make for a professional installation.
The finished Product:
The best choice for Laundry rooms, bathrooms and some kitchens is a quality, professionally installed, tile floor.