Leak causing rot to bathroom particleboard flooring, in Bunya, a Northern suburb of Brisbane.

Bathroom leak causing rot to particleboard. Inspected by Peter Weddell, owner/operator of Qld Home Buyers Inspection Service and Queensland Building Inspection Service, QBIS.

rot to particleboard from bathroom leak

Bathroom leak causing rot to particleboard, Important points:

  • These examples show why it is not good building practice to use particleboard as flooring below wet areas.
  • Unfortunately the use of particleboard is commonplace, but in my opinion, its use below wet areas should be outlawed.
  • Any type of timber will rot over time from leaking. Particle-board flooring will rot more rapidly than timber. Timber is less likely to require replacing, if leaking has been identified at an early stage.
  • Compressed fibro sheeting (not containing Asbestos) is a far more suitable and long term durable product that will not rot!

This post will hopefully help educate people into considering using a more suitable product, in their construction or renovation of a bathroom, ensuite, toilet, laundry.

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