Will ridges flatten if we place weight on them and ventilate?

Q: We installed prefinished hardwood in a bedroom 1 1/2 years ago. The tenants ducted the dryer exhaust from the laundry across the subfloor and joists below, and never checked the vent, which became plugged with lint. We now have a section of floor which the 3/4 inch thick X 2.75 inch wide boards have swollen and bulged upwards, forming ridges. Continue reading Will ridges flatten if we place weight on them and ventilate?

Water damage to my solid hardwood floors when a pipe broke

Q: I had water damage to my solid hardwood floors when a pipe broke. My floors are parquet and probably 50 years old. They buckled. I brought in a dehumidifier and the floor actually dried out and is now flat down. Now, they are still cupped and there are some gaps in the floor. Continue reading Water damage to my solid hardwood floors when a pipe broke

Floors buckling; where could the excess moisture be coming from

Q: Six years ago I had a wood floor installed in my 2nd story. I now have floors buckling. The buckled floors are on different planes in each room. After the floors started buckling, we had over 10 inches of rain. This did not cause additional buckling so I do not think it is a roof problem. Continue reading Floors buckling; where could the excess moisture be coming from

Tile better re: leaking water?

Q: My new guest house had to have the floor entirely replaced three months after completion as it was badly cupped. My builder found a conduit that was cracked and leaking water into the house and covered all costs. Now the floor is entirely cupped again and he is willing to replace again but admits that he does not know what is causing it. Continue reading Tile better re: leaking water?

Mold worries after leaky toilet

Q: I had a master bedroom toilet leak and it caused a lot of damage to the carpets, door jams, baseboards, etc. It also got under my expensive, hand scraped hickory (4 years old) installed engineered wood floors. They are glued down on a concrete slab. The water damage experts said that there was still moisture under wood floors in the hallway and part of the living room. The floors show no signs of buckling or color distortion. My contractor said the installer did a great job installing them. I am concerned about mold. Continue reading Mold worries after leaky toilet

Poly lifting where dog peed on floor

Q: We have a satin finish on out oak floors installed 2 years ago. Recently my dog peed a puddle and it sat for maybe 3 hours before we soaked it up. Was not yellow pee she just can’t hold her water long anymore – now that it’s up. The seams in the poly have lifted and it is not smooth any more to the touch. Is this normal? Continue reading Poly lifting where dog peed on floor

Main level floor affected by basement flooding

Q: In August we had some water in the basement. The temperatures outside were outrageous, high 30’s with humidity in the 40’s. Once the water was abated the Insurance company aggressively dried the basement. There were 3-4 dehumidifiers and about 10-11 large fans. Immediately after the fans and dehumidifiers were removed I noticed that my engineered hardwood floors on my MAIN floor were starting to sound like dry timbers. Continue reading Main level floor affected by basement flooding

Water softener overflowed onto laminate floors

Q: My water softener overflowed 26 gallons of water onto our laminate floors. We cleaned up the water and ran a dehumidifier and fans. The flooring covers about 800 square feet of our downstairs. However, the water ran under the laminate and when we took the vent covers off of our floor and felt underneath it was still wet, and that’s across the room. Continue reading Water softener overflowed onto laminate floors