Flooring Question

Real wood oak floor - lifted 7 inches from water damage

My builders are unconcerned that there has been so much water ingress during the renovation that my real wood oak floorboards in 2 rooms have lifted into little hills - in 4 seperate areas - the lowest section is raied by 4 inches, the hightes by 7 inches.
'Don't worry - it will shrink back' they tell me. But I am worried.
Yes, it will shrink back, but I think this is not the end of the story. I understand the long term damage could be two-fold: (1) the wood discolouring and going black (if any metal particulates were present in the water, which is likely due to steels used in the build), and (2) the lacquer has been damaged and will gradually become cloudy and develop fine fractures, that will eventually split and cause flaking. I will then need to have the whole floor re-sanded and re-lacquered.
Who's right. Them or me?
Thanks

1 Answer

Best Answer

to be honest once it has moved wont be the same again cos all the grain has been desrupted its expanded and pulled apart it will have knock on effects i would replace we have had customers who have had this problem through dodgy plumbing we had to cut the worst of the peaks out to get it to go down all had to be replaced most of the time we found black mold started to appear

Answered 17th Nov 2012

RG CARPENTRY AND BUILDING 24HR LOCKSMITH

Member since 31 Oct 2008

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