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MichiganMom 02-04-2009 07:50 PM

Pergo Floor Water Damage Question
I had a bottle of liquid starch leak through a canvas bag which sat on my Pergo floor all night. It also spread to a cardboard box which also sat there all night. There was no actual puddle, but was damp/wet all night.

I can feel a few planks are lifting one one end or the other and there is a little bubbling on the edge of one plank. The whole area is probably 18" square or less.

I have had a fan blowing on it all day.

1. Is it possible since it wasn't really a flood for it to dry out?

2. Will it get worse as far as lifting or bubbling in the next few days or weeks or is what I see as bad as it will get?

Can anyone give me any encouraging news ?

mike costello 02-05-2009 05:39 AM

The most encouraging news I can give you is a plank replacement isnt that big of a deal

Chemist1961 02-05-2009 05:40 AM

This might be await and see scenario. Hopefully it's near a wall or a corner. I would keep up with the air. The content of the liquid may be your issue. Was a a new sealed bottle that you bought. If so get in touch with the store ASAP.
My Pergo has a tongue pattern on the ends and edges. If a tongue puckers up you may have to replace it...

MichiganMom 02-05-2009 07:39 AM

No, it was a previously open bottle. The trigger spray lid came loose. My fault. So far this morning it looks the same as it did yesterday.

Yes, it is near the wall and believe it or not - on the end that was last installed, not first. But considering it took my hubby 8 months to getting around to installing it (he farms full time), I REALLY didn't want to have to face the replacement aspect. Argh! That is why I wanted to do what I could to minimize the effects. I just didn't know if anyone could offer any more advice other than what I've already done. Like sitting in front of it with a hair dryer for a few hours or something like that. :whistling2:

We are also thinking of building new this year and our son would buy our house. After this episode, however, I am re-thinking the idea of laminate floor in the laundry room like my brother-in-law did when he remodeled. I've already had a flood in the laundry room before so....

JazMan 02-05-2009 08:42 PM

If it was a large area I would have recommended a dehumidifier, but it's a small areas plus your house is dry cuz of the cold weather here. It's not going to get any better though, you may need a repair?

Now you know water and wood or laminates don't mix. Laminate in a laundry? YIKES! who's bright idea was that?

Even if the flooring itself doesn't get damaged, water/moisture will damage the subfloor. Mold is not a good thing, I bet it's under there, you just can see it.


Chemist1961 02-05-2009 09:03 PM

If you're that close to the edge, I would lift a few borads and save them for trimming. If you buy replacements now you can probably match the color easily and it's a small job for your husband... hopefully he has more time now than spring

MichiganMom 02-07-2009 11:06 AM

We have the rest of an opened box saved upstairs for just such an emergency. Since our son is back home, too, maybe I can get the two of them give it a go before the snow melts and they start working on field equipment in March to be ready for fieldwork in April.

JazMan - Yea, that's what I thought after this LITTLE water problem I had. So what do people use for the laundry room? I assume vinyl flooring or ceramic tile as is their preference? Or is one better than the other? But probably I should NOT the vinyl flooring squares, right? Because it would be the same problem as laminate with a water leak going in the cracks? Anyone here have any opinions or preference?

Chemist1961 02-07-2009 12:07 PM

Mike ,while we're on the topic any pointers on plank replacement if it's mid area in a room

mike costello 02-08-2009 06:29 AM

Usually on a click together floor I disassemble the floor up to the offending plank. It sounds like a real pain but it really is the best way.

Other than that you have to remove the bad plank and you usually end up damaging other planks around it.

Its not something I would recommend a DIYer try without training. Evey brand has a different locking mechanism so its difficult to give you an example without knowing the brand.

ponch37300 02-08-2009 09:50 AM

It's really not that bad to replace the bad boards. You should be able to do it and impress your hubby.

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