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Discussion in 'Building' started by Gerry1888, 20 Jan 2018.

  1. Gerry1888

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    I have an ongoing insurance funded job to replace the tiles on my kitchen floor. At the back door double doors I have found that the 2x2 battens that sit on a membrane and to which the chipboard floor attaches have rotted ends, I can put my hand down where the skirting used to be and feel that the slab is wet and moisture has bridged onto the battens. Maybe an area a foot or so back from the door is affected. The plasterboard on either side of the door aperture isn’t clever either, looks to butt straight on to exposed stone wall. I stopped the contractor tiling over it as I think that putting weight on the floor could snap the overhang on the batten and cause the chipboard to fall and the tiles to fail. Joiner wants 600 to remove plasterboard each side and floor / battens, spray fungicide, membrane the floor and replace affected battens, relay chipboard, resheet plasterboard and then reattach tilers plywood ready for tiling.

    The area is just the aperture before the doors.

    Is that price reasonable? Many thanks!!!
     

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  3. KenGMac

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    Gerry1888, good evening.

    Can I ask what was the original insurance claim for??

    Also did you get a "full and Final" settlement from the Insurer?

    Ken
     
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    It was impact damage to tiles. Insurance are using their own contractor for tiling job, majority of kitchen out.
     
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    Gerry1888, OK

    I assume that something was dropped on to the tiles causing damage? or? was it a vehicle impacting the property [your wording of " impact Damage" in Insurance terms implies a vehicle has impacted with your home??]

    At this stage I must come clean, I work in the Insurance sector.

    Firstly, wood rot is not covered under ANY insurance policy no matter what sort of wood rot it is, Unless???? the rot was ongoing and could not be seen by the Policy Holder, such as a leaking pipe behind say a kitchen unit, or similar.

    You mention that you can feel dampness, on the concrete slab? could be that there is a leak somewhere? most probably from a failed sealant around the door?

    As for the cost? £ 600 appears to be an "Insurance Company Price" rather than a more realistic cost, to be clear, Insurance costs are inflated because the contractor can be asked to undertake repairs in shall I call it remote locations? and instant reaction to multiple incidents in towns and cities, the contractor is required to undertake repairs at a moments notice so the costs the contractors working for Insurers are shall I call it inflated, and it the Insurance cost you are being charged.

    This order of cost to remove and refit some 50.mm X 50. mm plus remove and refit some plasterboard appears a wee bit excessive??

    Ken.
     
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    No it was a dishwasher that dropped on the tiles. The rotten battens were only discovered when the skirtings were removed for tiling underneath them, I’m paying the 600 myself by the way not an insurance claim.
     
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    You need to get local quotes
     
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    I can’t as the tiler has to get in tomorrow. I’ve accepted the quote work getting done tonight (Sunday) hey ho
     
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    Ok job done. Guys ended up pouring a slab as they found a rotten timber under the door frame in contact with the outside world . Moisture had been absorbed by the timber and regurgitated on top of the membrane and had wicked back and impacted the timber battens holding the chipboard floor. Some pics below of job - final one finished slab.
     

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