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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?
A: It may flatten out. Depends partly how much water got into and under the floor. If the sub floor also got soaked, it might take quite some time for it to dry out. I think if it were me, I would be more inclined to just replace it after removing the damaged area and letting the sub floor dry thoroughly.
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