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Old 11-26-2016, 05:30 PM   #1
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Laminate Floor has flooded three times


our laminate floor has been flooded three times.. each time we have used the shop vac and fans to dry it out. it has a barrier that was attached.. it is installed on a concrete slab.. there is no smell but not sure if there could be mold underneath((my husband seems to think because it has that barrier we should be good.. i on the other hand am getting leary.. we have not filled on insurance and wondering if we should.. any thoughts
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Old 11-26-2016, 06:49 PM   #2
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I would be running a dehumidifier until I new all was thoroughly dry, all the way thru.
You can get test kits to check for mold.
This one is sold at Home Depot. You should still talk with your insurance co. They might facilitate testing.

I would be concerned about the backing or base mat'l swelling and coming apart.


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Old 11-26-2016, 07:32 PM   #3
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I'd be willing to bet there's going to be mold growing under that floor by now.
What's causing all the flooding?
This needed to be addressed first before any form of flooring went in.
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Old 11-28-2016, 08:26 AM   #4
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Laminate is about the last flooring one should be installing in a wet area.
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Old 11-28-2016, 02:18 PM   #5
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Three times? WTH? Someone's either very careless or your home needs some repairs or improvements. What happened?

Yes, you are correct and you should make a claim yesterday. But do not re install any flooring until you figure out what's going on, then fix it.

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You might want to ask your insurance agent if it's even covered. Depending on where the water came from usually determines that. When I finished off my basement, I had to get a separate rider. I think if I remember right, initially without the rider, if a waterline in the house broke, or a tub overflowed from above, it was covered. If storm water came in from the outside either via the exterior walls, or coming up through the floor drains, it wasn't covered. My storm and sanitary are separate, but there are many areas around here where they shared the same mains out in the street. If it rains really hard, storm water will back up in the sanitary and flood basements.
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