Q: I have an engineered vertical carbonized bamboo click floor (made with plywood, not paper). A few weeks ago a small amount of water oozed out of my dishwasher and sat on the flooring. The bamboo sucked the water in a few inches at the crack between the planks, and though it seems to have [...]
Moisture Damage, Spills & Flooding
Q: We have a brand new home with hardwood flooring throughout. The builder installed the furnace in the attic. The condensation hose was faulty and water poured onto the hardwood flooring below. This resulted in a huge buckle/hump along one row of the hardwoods, smack in the middle of a room. How do we repair/flatten [...]
Q: Our hardwood floors are wavy, and in some places have humps in them. We have lived in this house only 5 yrs. It was a new home and had no problems until last summer. I called and got advice and installed a dehumidifier in the crawl space. This thing runs all the time. Last [...]
Q: Heavy rain caused a huge buckle in our wood floor. The past two times it has done this, the floor flattened back out. This time, wood appears to be drying in the buckle form. What can I do? A: It may look dry, but there may still be a lot of water beneath it. [...]
Q: I have engineered wood floors that have been here since I moved in 8 years ago. There has always been one dark spot that kind of looks like a burn mark (as if someone placed something too hot on it). Now this spot has grown larger and there are two new spots (about 3 [...]
Q: I have hardwood floors… I just changed a mat that I keep under my dog’s water dish. It is a waterproof mat, so I thought that moisture wouldn’t go through it. Anyway, lifted mat up and there are some black, moldy looking areas. I wiped, cleaned, used vinegar and water, but to no avail. [...]
Q: Our water dispenser recently spilled on our prefinished Birch hardwood floor and caused damages to a large area of the floor. We have 2 suggestions from the original hardwood company and a contractor from insurance company re: wood floor water damage. The original hardwood company suggested to replace the damaged area and the insurance [...]
Q: I recently bought a house and pulled the carpet off the floors. There were beautiful hardwood floors underneath. I pulled the carpet tack strips off carefully from the edges and filled nail holes with wood putty. I applied an oil-based polyurethane and the floors turned out nice. However, as time has gone on (3 [...]
Q: I have a lot of lift on my floor. I think it’s called camel-backing / camel backing; like, the floor is a little hilly in some spots as if the staples have come out and now the floor is lifting. What is the cause? How do I fix it? A: Is this something that [...]
I have sanded a floor. Now I have to remove some water stains. How do I do this without more sanding?
I had water damage to my engineered wood flooring. We are on top of a basement and the flooring was glued down to OSB. In the process of removing all the flooring, the OSB subfloor was torn up pretty badly. Every opinion I got said to replace the areas that were gouged out deeply; however, they differ on how to fix the rest of it.
Had quite a lot of water spill onto an area of my herringbone hardwood floor (less than a year old). The floor was wet vacuumed in less than 10 minutes, but some water was still seeping up from the seams. I used paper towels to soak up the rest of the water from the cracks. I already notice slight cupping in the boards. It isn’t as ‘even’ in that area. Will it flatten out in time as the moisture releases from the floor?
Our refrigerator leaked water onto our 2 year old hardwood floor, in the kitchen, and pooled in an area all day until we came home from work. Now about a week later, in that area, the boards are bowing. Is there any way to fix this without ripping up that part of the floor and replacing it?
We have a prefinished wood floor in our laundry, hall and kitchen. It all flows together. Recently our washing machine leaked all over the floor, out to the kitchen. I called the insurance company and they recommended we go with one of their Premier Service companies. A man was sent out from a Premier Service co. and said the floor needed to be replaced. He measured, took photos and a board to be sent to a lab. The claim representative, without ever having seen the floor, has decided to just pay for repairs to the floor. The flooring company stands firm the floor will not be returned to its original condition. Fillers will need to be used, the boards will not fully match, and the floor will not look like it did prior to the incident.
I recently had a plumbing problem under the kitchen sink. Now there is some water underneath the wood laminate flooring (about a 3′x3′ area). I’ve noticed slight swelling in between the planks. What’s the best way to dry that out?
I just sanded an old oak floor. There was old carpet over it. It was very filthy. I sanded with 20 and 36 grit, but there are stains in wood that won’t come out. How can I get rid of them?
I had a faucet washer go bad in my kitchen and there was a moderate drip (close to 2 gallons a day) dripping behind my cabinet, which eventually worked its way under my hardwood floor. This must have been going on for 3 days as I did not notice the swelling until the edges of my hardwood started lifting. We have solid Red oak floors applied directly to the subflooring. Am I going to have to replace the damaged area, or can I let it dry and hope to sand down or refinish it?
My hardwood floors were refinished 4 years ago. In the past year the floor is darkening, and there is separating of boards. There are smaller, darker circular areas. Mostly in the living room, which was carpeted for many years, but also in bedroom which was refinished many years ago. Some of boards are separating in the living room, and I can feel a slight bowing. My basement is dirt – house built in late forties. Few of boards appear to be eaten. Termite inspection last year revealed no termites, but moisture.
We are purchasing a house. There are two areas in the kitchen that look like the the finish has come off the hardwood floors. It appears to be a little water damage / high traffic areas. Someone suggested maybe spot sanding and putting a water base over it, that there might be slight discoloration for a while, but it should work just fine. Is this the best solution or is it better to replace the floor boards and restain, or replace all the hardwood in the main room? The spots are about 2 x 2 feet.
I am refinishing my 45 year old oak floors. When I removed the carpet there were 3 dark stains. I figure it is pet urine. Sanding is finished, but the stains are still visible. If I apply a darker (perhaps cherry oak) stain, will it hide the urine stains or will they just get darker? Could I apply less stain to the spots to try to even it all out?