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Old 06-19-2012, 03:56 PM   #1
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I refinished my hardwood floors when I moved in. Purchased a portable air conditioner on wheels and put it in the dining room. Came home one day and there was a puddle on the floor. Uses shop vac. There was so much water it went into my basement. Here I found out a plug was never installed on it. Looked today because the company sent me a plug and the floor is warped about 12 inches by 4 feet

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Post a picture.
May have to cut out that section and replace it.
I've never once seen a lifted hardwood floor go back into place once it drys out, but I have seen black mold growing under the floor from trapped moisture.

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Yes - we need a picture.

There was water damage in a corner of my wood floors when I pulled the carpets up, probably from an old a/c. I didn't have much "up/down warping" though and we were able to smooth it out by sanding about 1/4" off it w/ a drum sander.
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Hardwood floors can (in some instances), in fact, return back to their shape and place - after experiencing moisture. As stated above, sanding and refinishing can then be performed.

Example: http://www.woodfloorsonline.com/tech...od_floors.html
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Post a picture.
May have to cut out that section and replace it.
I've never once seen a lifted hardwood floor go back into place once it drys out, but I have seen black mold growing under the floor from trapped moisture.

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Hardwood floors can (in some instances), in fact, return back to their shape and place - after experiencing moisture. As stated above, sanding and refinishing can then be performed.

Example: http://www.woodfloorsonline.com/tech...od_floors.html
Right, but they will always retain the water STAIN.
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Right, but they will always retain the water STAIN.
If the damage was bad enough - yes. In some cases you can get them out - I did, but like i said - we probably sanded 1/4" off the entire floor. In reality maybe it was more like 1/8" but it FELT like 1/4"
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consider a dehumidifier in the room for a while to help contain any moisture and encourage drying of the wet area. If no dehumidifier then just a regular fan blowing into the room will help. give it time to dry out some and that will allow you to be able to see what it does over time. also, consider putting a fan in the basement blowing up toward the underside of the floor where the water drained.
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Mold is something to watch out for it can grow in about 48 hours. If before you cut the section out try this:
1. Lay wet towel over the warped floor and place weight on it for 24 hours.
2. Choose a drill bit slightly narrower than your floor screws.
3. Drill holes every 3 inches through the warped floorboard into the floor joists.
4. Line up long screws with the pilot holes and sink them through the warped wood into the floor joists.
5. Fill the holes left by the screw heads with a matching color wood putty. Let the wood putty dry.
6. Sand the top of the wood putty with 220-grit sandpaper.
7. Buy a matching gel stain or liquid scratch cover to paint on over the repairs.
8. After the stain or scratch cover is dry, apply a coat of wax to the hardwood floor.


This is very close to what I've done before, but without seeing a picture it's hard to say if this would work for you.
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Is your portable ac a power hog? I had one that would use more power than my central ac. It never reached the set temp so would just run all night. This was at 78 degrees in a medium sized room. I always think they're all power hogs since that experience. It cost $400 and I just gave it away.

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