Hole In Plywood From Water Damage
The bad news about a hole in your plywood floor that's underneath a bathtub
like this one is that you won't be able to see it, when everything's
covered. Yes you'll be able to see it if you remove the stucco or bathtub or
someone crawls underneath the house, but you're not going to be able to see
things like these while inspecting a property every single time.
Now I know what you're thinking, the home inspector would see something like this from underneath the home and you've got a good point, but the home inspector will also need to crawl underneath the entire home and every once in a while, that's not going to happen.
Then we have the cases where the plywood wasn't damaged during the home inspection, you buy the house and within a few years the bathtub falls through the floor, giving you your first clue that there's something wrong with the plywood subflooring and framing.
Most of the time a hole like this underneath a bathtub or shower or
other parts of a house with running water near by, will be the direct result
of water leaking onto the wood surface, for a long period of time.
Sometimes damaged like this can be difficult to fix and lead to expensive home repair bills. If the damage isn't fixed correctly or the cause of the damage isn't fixed correctly, you can plan on repairing something like this again in the future.