Replacing the middle of a damaged floor

Q: I recently put down Acacia Pryzm Armstrong flooring for my neighbors. Their kitchen got flooded and all the flooring in the kitchen and part of the dining buckled up and now smells like mildew. My question is – without removing the whole entire flooring can just that area be replaced? It’s locked in together but I’m not sure how to put pieces back in without removing the whole floor. I really don’t want to do that so I’m hoping you might have a solution.

A: I would take it up all the way back until you reach an entire straight row that isn’t damaged and use that as your starter row. Work from there to the wall. You will have to make sure everything is totally dry. You will need a moisture meter.

Follow-up Q: Thank you for responding back to my question. I would like to go a little further into detail if I may. The bad spots are all in the middle and the floor is laid in two different directions. The one direction I can take it back up, but the other direction I was hoping to weave the pieces into it by cutting the one end off and using concrete cement. I’ m not sure if that’s advisable or not. There is approx. 800sq.ft of flooring and I’m really trying to avoid removing it all. I would be interested in your opinion of you don’t mind. Thank you so much for your time.

A: Yes provided the area you are knitting into has not expanded and then shrunk. In other words, if the floor is still fitting tightly and not spread apart with gaps. I don’t know what you mean by ‘concrete cement’.

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