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 the hump without removing the entire floor?
A: At this point, if it is confined to 2 rows of boards, cross your fingers and hope it all equalizes and flattens out. If there was a lot of water involved, which it sound it was, it may also be wise to just pull up the damaged area and let the sub floor dry out. Then have it repaired and the floors re-finished.
Follow-up Q: My ultimate question is: How do I pull up or ‘flatten’ the two rows, in the middle of the room, without pulling up the entire floor? (I just want the ‘pyramid in the middle of the room’ flattened.)
A: Easy to remove a row or two. Make 2 power saw cuts down the centre of one of the rows and pull out the boards. Also, there is still a possibility it will eventually flatten on it’s own.