Repairs of water damaged floors. This is the time of year that we see water damaged floors from the rains and snow. Plumbing leaks also seem to be the theme this week. We have had to repair 2 floors this week that were damaged from leaking pipes and poorly sealed bathroom caulk joints. The change of seasons will also cause floors to expand and contract as we move from the monsoon season and high levels of humidity to the dryer winter seasons. One of our calls this week was from a client who installed his own floor with a friend and realized a buckle in the middle of the house. Suspecting it was a tight instal of the laminate without the appropriate gaps at the walls for expansion the client removed the baseboard to confirm that it was indeed installed too tight. We came to the house to inspect and confirm this and in the process discovered the leak in the bathroom for the client, evidence of moisture and mold at the baseboard confirmed there was a plumbing leak. From there the baseboard around the water damaged areas are removed along with the damaged laminate boards. After the leak is repaired the floors are re-installed along with the baseboards.
Advice for anyone who sees buckling in their floors is to check for any signs of a leak or tight fit floors and if one is found dont rule out that the other might exist as well. A tight floor will cause a leak to buckle the floors much quicker. Call a professional to determine the cause if you are not sure and remove the damaged boards as soon as possible to reduce the damage from expanding further as the swellingwill grow as additional boards absorb water. Once the damaged boards are removed, ventilate the area with a fan to speed up the drying process. Once the area is dried then test that the leak has been repaired and then the floors are ready to be put back.