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Old 01-02-2015, 02:56 PM   #1
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We have a laminate floating floor in our kitchen. The last few days I've noticed that some of the seams it's swelling/sticking up. At first it was only one seem and I thought maybe an ice cube was dropped and it melted making the stick up. But today there are more sticking up so I figured the dishwasher was leaking. We took the bottom panel off and watched it go thur the longest cycle.....not a drop. There isn't any sticking up by the fridge but we checked the ice maker tube and it's not that. I would say it's from the cold winter (we are in Michigan) but we've had the floor for about 10 years. HELP ...... What do you think could be causing this. I've included some pictures that I hope will solve this mystery before it gets worse.
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Does not look like any laminate I've seen before.
Was it laid over a slab?
I flat out refuse to install any laminate in a bathroom, basement, or bathroom, but sure have had to remove and replace a few with a different flooring a few times.

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I'm sorry the other pictures didn't show up, here is another pic of the whole kitchen floor. We have a basement, and the installer did put a new subfloor before installing the floating floor. I hope this picture comes out, I'm not good at attaching pics I guess
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Sorry I have to post the pics individually, it won't let me put more than one. When I try it replaces the one I already put there. In this pic you can see even the threshold at the step is rising.
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Hope you keep the warranty paper work.
There is no just "fixing" it.
Need a new floor.
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The floor is 10 years old, if I could figure out what is causing it maybe I could stop it? We have been in this house for 25 years and only had to replace the kitchen floor once because of the dishwasher leaked under the vinyl floor and dis colored it.
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Good luck with that idea.
Most laminates have a longer then 10 year warranty.
But all of them are going to try and do the blame game to try and get out of it.
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That really does not look like a floating laminate floor to me but I can't tell from the pics.What is under it as far a subfloor?Crawlspace?Do you have water in the crawlspace or a lot of moisture?
Cold should not cause that but moisture sure will.You're looking for leaks in the kitchen and the problem could be under the kitchen.
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There is a basement under the sub floor and that's what I thought was causing this, moisture. But we can't find anything leaking. If it's not a laminate floating floor, what is it

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It looks like a peal and stick floor to me but hard to tell from the pics.Either way,Joe is correct that the floor needs to be replaced.After fixing the moisture issue
If it is peal and stick it's glue just may have failed after 10 years.
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I would swear by the pics thats a vinyl stick down floor but I'm not there. If it is vinyl the loose ones can be glued back down. But really 10 years old probably need to be replaced.
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We checked the basement ceiling under the kitchen and there are no water marks at all. I thought for sure it was the dishwasher because that's the area it is rising????
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No, it's a laminate floor. The sections were 3 squares long and tongue and groove to put them together with a gap all the way around the room. I will try to get another picture that shows a little more
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Knowing you have a basement would have been good to know in you're first post.Is you're basement damp or dry
Anyhow.I think this is a vinyl peel and stick floor.Look at the joints in it.If it is a floating floor the joints will usually be around 36" apart lenghthwise.If it's peel and staick the joints will be squared. 12" X12" or whatever.
Either way there is no way to fix it now.Sorry for the bad news.
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No reason for another picture.There is no fix except to replace the floor.You need to figure out what the issue is before doing this.
Make sure you have no leaks in the kitchen.Check the humidity in you're basement.What happens under these floors is just as important as what's above.

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