Spilled a cup of water on wood floor

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.

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Bathroom sink overflowed onto laminate 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.

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Do hardwood floors always buckle if there is a leak underneath?



Q: I have dark stains on my hardwood floor that I am noticing 3 years after a remodel. I suspect a leak, but the floor isn’t buckling. Do hardwood floors always buckle if there is a leak underneath? Continue reading Do hardwood floors always buckle if there is a leak underneath?




Blue dye stains in hardwood



Q: I had a new red oak floor put down. At each board end, where the boards meet, there is a dark color developing, almost as if the oak were wet. What causes this, and should I worry about it occurring once the poly is down? Is this tannin? Continue reading Blue dye stains in hardwood




Sump pump flooded laminate floor



Q: My sump pump failed and flooded my in-progress reno. The laminate floor has bubbled in about 25% of the floor. I will replace the floor eventually, but I’m really not up for doing it now. The water was on the floor for about 5 hours. Continue reading Sump pump flooded laminate floor




Water and snow has damaged finish by front door



Q: My floor is beautiful. It’s approx. 10 years old. My problem is in front of my entrance door. Entering directly from outside and stepping onto the floor with water and snow has damaged the finish. I have some pitting and deep, dark spots in front of the door. Continue reading Water and snow has damaged finish by front door




Damp mopping causing dark spots?



Q: I have customer — we clean their house every week. Part of our process is to damp mop the hardwood floors throughout the home. We use a mild peroxide based cleaner that is diluted according to manufacturers directions for the damp mop (EcoLab). Recently three dark spots appeared on the floors, blackish and about 12 inches in diameter. One has a sharp side about two inches running parallel to the carpet. Continue reading Damp mopping causing dark spots?




Are these dark spots on my wood floors mold?



Q: I have a house that was built in 1910 in Crescent City, FL that has heart pine floors throughout. These floors were professionally finished about 9 years ago with I believe a poly finish. I am only there once a week but noticed numerous dark spots on a small area of the floor that looked like blood spatter, that is the easiest way to describe it. Continue reading Are these dark spots on my wood floors mold?




Replace over 100 cracked boards or replace whole floor?



Q: In our new home (we have had it for 3 months) the maple floorboards are cracking. Our builder wants to lift and replace only the cracked boards. However, at this stage there are over 100 boards that need replacing, and more are cracking as time goes on. We have installed a dehumidifier in the home as the builder thinks it’s due to too much humidity because we had cupping as well. Continue reading Replace over 100 cracked boards or replace whole floor?