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Water damage on laminate floors: looking for a short term solution (12months) damage pics in comments

By October 2, 2019 4 Comments
Water damage on laminate floors: looking for a short term solution (12months) damage pics in comments

We had a fridge leak and went out of town for a while. Came back to our kitchen floors being water damaged. Squared away the leak but am looking for tips on how to un-Jack up the floors w/ a short term fix. We will replace them in 12 months or so but they embarrass me as is. (Pics below)

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The damage looks weird (I’ve been told) but I am a real dummy when it comes to being handy. Can I sand this down a little and just toss on some paint until it’s replaced?

Is there a better solution?

Thank you in advance


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4 Comments

  • hellisnow666 says:

    Water damaged stuff should really be ripped up and tossed out due to mold. You could see what’s under it and possible toss down some cheap carpet scraps over dangerous parts (nails etc).

  • Rescue1022 says:

    That doesn’t look like laminate. That looks like actual hardwood. You can see the grain even in the damaged sections. You would see the MDF core or the paper bubbled in laminate.

    As long as that area is completely dried out you should be able you fix that. It would require refinishing the whole floor which would be a big project if you aren’t very handy.

  • lonelyinbama says:

    First of all, that’s not laminate, that’s engineered hardwood. I’m by no means an expert but I don’t think you should have any mold issues as long as the area is completely dried out. Is it glued down? Nailed down? Floating? Regardless, you should be able to sand down and stain for a *temporary* fix. It won’t be perfect at all, but it’ll get you by for a year.

  • AdamsAtwoodOrwell says:

    Did you call your insurance company? Depending on your policy this may be covered.

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