Q imported from our old site, Face Lift Floors: I have a rental house built in 1934 with hardwood floors throughout. There are several places throughout the house where there are dark spots or what appear to be small gouges at or near where the nails are. Is this caused by termites? Continue reading Signs of termite damage in hardwood floors
Q: I have an area of my hardwood floor where the finish dissolved and is sticky because I accidentally sprayed something on it. About 2′ by 2′. Can I repair it? Continue reading Cedar spray dissolved finish in small area
Q imported from our old site, Face Lift Floors: I recently had the hardwood floors in my 1950’s house professionally refinished (sanded, stained, and polyurethaned). The floors were previously covered with carpet and had some stains, thought to be from carpet cleaning chemicals. A couple of months after the floors were refinished, white spots on some areas of the first floor started appearing and keep on getting worse. The floor is above a crawl space. The contractor said he thinks it’s from moisture; however, not all areas are affected and it seems the white spots are in the areas that were previously stained. (- from an Environmental Scientist) Continue reading What causes white spots on our floors?
Q: I have an older house with a garage underneath. All of our floors are hardwood. The room directly above the garage has one board that has hollowed out damage on either end that we just discovered as it sort of crushed. None of the other boards show any signs of damage. Continue reading Damage in floor board in old house may have been by wood beetle
Q: This seems to be a similar question to some previous, but I didn’t see anyone mention a raised foundation. In the last week, I’ve noticed that one area in my dining room and slightly into my kitchen which are connected (about a 4′ stretch) makes a slight popping or knocking noise (not a creak) when walked upon. Continue reading Floor making a slight popping or knocking noise
Q: Our toddler spilled a cup of water on the floor that we did not notice until the next day. It was probably there for 12-16 hours. When we saw it, there was a puddle over an area about a foot square. After wiping it up we’ve been running a fan and dehumidifier in the room for about 24 hours. There is a slight rise in the floor in the area and two or three boards are cupping.Continue reading Spilled a cup of water on wood floor
Q: We just had our floor refinished with a dark walnut stain and 3 coats of semi gloss polyurethane. My dog unfortunately found that to his liking and urinated on the surface. We immediately wiped it up with a wet paper towel but the surface around that spot has now turned grey and is very noticeably different from the rest of the floor. Continue reading Enzyme residue from urine stain discoloring floor
Q: This morning our toddler woke up earlier than us and played with the bathroom sink. The sink overflowed into our bathroom and then leaked down stairs through the ceiling to the kitchen. We had to used over 15 towels and a blanket to wipe it all up. I turned on the fan for both areas and it seems like it all dried outside, but now I am worried about mold under our laminate floor.
Should we replace it? The floors are only 3 yrs old.
A: If you think the water saturated Continue reading Bathroom sink overflowed onto laminate floor
Q: We just moved in to a new home that was completely re-done, but built in the early 1960’s. We have noticed that our hardwood floors seem to make a ticking sound when our furnace is on. Are you able to provide information why this occurs and what can be done about it?Continue reading Hardwood floors make ticking sound when furnace is on
Q: I built a new home last July. We have had ongoing problems with our engineered hardwood floor. Two certified inspectors state that the floor was installed improperly. 3100 sq. ft. Every single room has boards that are hollow, not glued down properly. Will these eventually pop since they aren’t glued properly? The builder says he sees no problem. Sure.. he didn’t pay for the floors!
A: I think it would depend Continue reading Boards are hollow, not glued down properly