This post makes me laugh. Nothing is ever easy-especially when you are updating an old house. Right, Melissa?
Last week I told you that my dad was going to help me take out the sink cabinet. Well, he came on Thursday and disconnected the seemingly permanently-affixed galvanized pipes and we got that sink cabinet pulled right out. It was disintegrating into sawdust underneath…ewww.
Then we found this…
Glued down vinyl under the sink cabinet. Yuck!
The first concern that I had was with asbestos because it can be present in both sheet vinyl and the adhesive. I was actually really freaked out about it, so I spent hours talking on the phone to home inspectors, the health department and others.
I finally got some helpful information from a local company that does asbestos testing and remediation. Because the vinyl is small (2×3), it’s considered quite harmless when handled correctly. The professional I spoke with said that we could take it out whether or not it was or wasn’t asbestos, as long as we took precautions like wearing masks and using a spray water bottle to keep asbestos particles from floating around in the air. Apparently, it’s considered unfriable unlike crumbly plaster.
Anyway, I took Ridley to my mom’s on Saturday and we suited up with masks and taped off the vent and door with plastic. We began to remove the vinyl when we made a disgusting discovery.
We were not expecting to find a totally rotten and molded floor.
We called our landlady who lives next door and she came over and was equally as horrified. We decided to also pull out the toilet and we found that the floor was really bad there too.
Can you believe that the BACK of the toilet was molded? Why did it do that?? Just from condensation? Do we need a new toilet?
Anyway, we went to Home Depot and found this flooring. We’re going to let it acclimate to the humiditiy and temperature in the bathroom for a few days before we install it.
Today the hubs is off work, so we’re working on pulling out the old flooring and subfloor. Hopefully we’ll be able to get the subfloor replaced as well. Woot!
The sinkless, toiletless bathroom
This project has turned out to be a can of worms…but it’s a good can of worms. I’m SOOOO glad that we didn’t just put new flooring down over the vinyl since there is a rotten floor there. It could’ve been a much bigger job years down the road!
In other news, these Spring beauties are blooming right beside the back door.
The forsythia is just starting to bloom. I love the bright happy colors in my yard!
Have you ever had to deal with mold or asbestos in your home??
Thanks for hanging with me here at The Casa! I wish I could have you all over for lunch one day!
Have a fab day!!