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Question DetailsAsked on 8/8/2017

How do i repair a small section of laminate flooring that water got under

About 2 gallons of water went under a small section (3 feet x 3 feet)of laminate flooring. How do i repair it

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For that small amount of water, what I would do, if it has not warped/delaminated yet, would be to pull the base strip or cove from the bottom of the cabinet if feasible to do that (presumably it got in at the edge along a cabinet, or from sink cabinet) and if it came in at the edge of cabinet pull up the bottom "floor" in that cabinet too if feasible to do so to get drying from that side and under there, then put a good sized (say about 20") fan directed down across the wetted flooring aimed at the now exposed edge/cabinet, and let run for several days - with adequate house ventilation or air conditioning to remove the evaporated moisture from the household air. It might evaporate it without noticeable warping/delaminating - depending on the design of the flooring. Ones heavy in vinyl or plywood commonly can survive this - ones based on particle board or fiberboard commonly swell or delaminate and go to pot and have to be replaced.

If it does delaminate, well that was where you were headed anyway, so then you are back to plan A - replace the bad spot (or if you cannot match the flooring, which is very common if more than about a year old) replace the entire room's flooring - at which point this may or may not (depending on your deductible) end up being something you might consider an insurance claim on before starting any remediation.

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This case also is a good example of why you should get a spare box or so of flooring when it is installed for future use like this - not to mention a good example of why laminate (except for 100% vinyl) in a kitchen or bathroom is a bad idea.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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