Problem: Water On Wood Floor During Refinishing - Flooring - DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum

Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Flooring


Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 08-12-2009, 02:56 PM   #1
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 1
Rewards Points: 10

problem: Water on wood floor during refinishing

I have a contractor working for me refinishing a wood floor. It has been sanded and was about to be tinted when an incident occurred overnight. Someone came in and spilled liquid (water or beer, I can't determine which) on the floor. That was 4 days ago. Pictures of the affected area of the floor are attached.

The contractor says that in order to continue work on it within four days from now, commercial fans, dehumidification, and tenting will be needed to get all the moisture out of the wood (this, according to him, is required before the wood is finished). Right now he says the boards have a 60% moisture content. He recommends I spend $600 for the drying equipment. I don't want to spend $600. He also wants $750 more to re-prepare the four-foot by eight-foot area for finishing. That cost seems out of line to me.

My questions are these: How can I know when the wood is dry enough to proceed? How would the refinished floor look if we proceeded with the re-sanding today? How does the contractor know the moisture content in the wood?
Attached Thumbnails
problem: Water on wood floor during refinishing-001.jpg   problem: Water on wood floor during refinishing-002.jpg   problem: Water on wood floor during refinishing-089.jpg  


HouseMgr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-12-2009, 04:13 PM   #2
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 135
Rewards Points: 75

Moisture is checked with a moisture meter.

IMO, he's trying to put the screws to you. Go to the local rental store & rent a carpet dryer or 2 & let them blow over the floor for a day or 2. Dry wood will return to a dry state in short order.

$750 to reprep that area? I know he's trying to put the screws to you. Fire his ass & call someone else, or take over the project yourself. I'll be glad to walk you through the rest of the process if you decide to go that route.


pinwheel45 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-15-2009, 09:19 PM   #3
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 260
Rewards Points: 266

seems OUTRAGEOUS!. put some fans and a dehudifier for a day. sand and proceed.

this may seem crazy to some But I often damp mop my floors between sanding. THe moistures raises the grain. then I fine sand and get a nice smooth floor.

stain and Poly as usual. BTW I always use oil base Poly. It takes longer to dry and stinks But We feel it hold up better than water based poly.

Here's some pics of the floors at my house. and yes I mopped and wet the floors before the final sanding

new wood flooring

good luck
What have I done is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Sump pump pit water level --- problem de12 Plumbing 52 01-14-2016 07:46 AM
Main water shutoff problem GoodoleBob Plumbing 18 06-16-2011 10:33 PM
Water problem update gottabee Building & Construction 2 04-03-2009 03:11 PM
water problem ashturner Plumbing 2 06-18-2008 06:46 PM

Top of Page | View New Posts


Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.1