Originally Posted by ellisz
If I pull up the metal strip at the door opening, should I be able to lift the linoleum up easily? Is it glued? I have not looked to see if if extends under the cabinet yet.
I will definitely need to try and add some metal underneath to beef it up some.
You may, as I am unsure of how your unit is, it will be glued down, but if its dry rot, then it may be pretty loose. It most likely does extend (unless previous fix or damage) as the manufacturer places the wood down, then lays linoleum throughout before putting ANYTHING in the unit. Yours should be front to back one giant piece. If its any different, it most likely has been repaired prior. Dont force it up, if its stuck good, then look around your water heater as you said it was replaced due to an issue. See if you see anything at the base. discoloration or dry rot if there is no linoleum in that area.
When mine had the dry rot, the linoleum pulled up and was stained on its own. It was in my pack and play storage so when I opened it, I smelt some mold/must in the compartment. I suspect if you do, you will not have the odor as bad if its not confined to a small compartment. When you take the plate off, you could always smell the wood/linoleum at the door seam if you cant see, and maybe will give you a clue to work with.