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Old 03-03-2007, 10:12 AM   #1
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So, we installed a brazillian cherry floor. Did everything right, checked moister levels, aclimated the flooring, etc..
But, unknown to me, a sub had a plumbing leak for a few minutes when we were away and when we returned we proceeded to finish the flooring with our topcoats. We used 4 coats of Diamond varathane, waterbased finish.
Of course the floor is cupped in the area of the leak now. We found out about the leak when we started to investigate the cupping.
Will the floor lay back down when it dries out? I don't think it will lay down completely flat and don't think it will dry out very fast with our topcoats sealing the moisture in the wood.
The cupping is not too bad, but is noticable right now. I am thinking of waiting to see how it will lay down and then biting the bullet and refinishing if needed.
I appreciate any feedback.

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Old 03-03-2007, 05:40 PM   #2
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Why should you eat the cost of repairing the damages caused by someone else?

Turn in a claim to the other contractors insurance company to reimburse you for the costs.

If you were the homeowner, would you accept the potential for future swelling without recourse?



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Old 03-03-2007, 10:35 PM   #3
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It may or may not. Because of its density, it will move more than oak for example. If it does contract there is a good chance you will see compression or cracks. At any rate, you won't know for quite some time, maybe a full cyle(a year). Do not try to just resand it now, better just to replace the area after letting the subfloor dry.

PS use a better finish next time, it only costs few cents a foot more and it will last years longer.
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Old 03-03-2007, 11:10 PM   #4
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Anything goes here. All of that poly should lock the surface pretty tight. The water only has one way out, down.

You neglected to mention the substrate. Wood could start wet rot or mold.

The Cherry should go back ??? The subfloor????????????
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Old 03-06-2007, 06:31 PM   #5
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Thanks Gents for the comments,
I'm going to let the floor dry out and in six months or so do a refinish.
The crawlspace is well ventilated so I think that the subfloor will dry out over time. I hope so. we'll see.
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