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Fixing Warped Floors

Warped flooring is a major problem for many homeowners. First, it is typically caused by water damage, and can be indicative of a major leak, but it can also be caused by excessive wear, poor original materials or even chance. Warped floors are a bit of a hazard around the house and should be fixed as soon as possible. Let’s go over a few easy ways that you can get this job done.

Small Warps

These are tiny little warps that are usually barely noticeable. Commonly, if you found a leak in time, or are paying attention, you can spot this type of warp while it is still small and easy to fix. If the average area is less than six inches in diameter, and the boards affected are not numerous, you can try a very easy fix. When you see a warp in your floor your first reaction is probably to panic. You may call your insurance company to see what you are covered for or get in touch with a builder. You will pleased to know however that you don’t have to rush into doing things like this. First up you can try a few little tricks for yourself.

Get a cinderblock, or something similar that is very heavy. Wet the area where the warping occurred slightly and then place your heavy object over the warp. Give it a few days and check to see if the warp is gone. If you are using something heavy enough and the floor is still pliable, chances are your warp will be gone. This is a great fix if you are on a budget.

Medium to Large Warps

This is a little more serious and may require spot fixing. In a perfect world, only one flooring board will be warped, but often, it will usually effect more than one. Locate the area where the warping occurred and if necessary, fix the problem that caused it in the first place. Locate replacement boards that are the exact size and length of your existing flooring.

Take up the existing boards and if necessary, fix any underlying problems that may have been caused by a water leak. Get your replacement boards and lay them down, lining them up carefully. Using the appropriate sized screws, attach them to the floor joists one by one until the area has been completely fixed. You may need to either paint or stain them to match your other flooring.

Massive Warps

This is a serious issue, and may require the help of a professional. Massive warping is usually caused either by extreme neglect, bad water damage or age. This will typically require replacing the entire floor, especially if numerous boards are affected. Locate any boards that may be saved, but check them for structural integrity. It is best to err on the side of caution when dealing with massive floor warps since it may be an indication that the wood is rotten.

Rip out the flooring. If you are replacing the entire floor, you have some options as to what materials you will use for the replacement, either new wooden floors, or a subfloor with carpeting. Fix any underlying damage and then install your new flooring option. Again, you may need to either paint or stain it to match, depending on how much of the original floor you were able to keep.

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Originally posted 2008-10-15 05:00:36. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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4 comments

When we moved into our new house we had to fix a lot of warped floors. Lo and behold, underneath those warped floors was a lot of mold and water damage. It turned out to be a very expensive endeavor it is just too bad we didnt have an inspector apprise of the situation before we moved in.

#2 Neil on 06.01.12 at 2:50 am

The main reason of warped floors is presence of some undetected water leaks in the premises. A beautiful house with warped floors become ugly if not repaired properly. So, first thing is to avoid leaks in house and if any leak occurred, then fix it ASAP.

I had bad tenants in a property who have causes thousands of pounds of damage due to constant damp from a tumble dryer they did not have an outlet for (one which they never had permission to install) amoung other things the solid hard wood floor has a big warp between the door frame. We have tried everything to dry the floor out, but its not returning to flat. How long do you usually have to wait, its been about a week, windows open heating on. The property is very damp still though, tenants have mould is all rooms, where the tumble dryer was had caused plaster to fall off the wall. Dreadful, evicted now thankfully, but no where near rentable. Any ideas on speeding up drying?

#4 Rose on 09.13.12 at 4:16 am

I completely agree with Neil. The major cause behind wrapped floors is undetected water leaks. Due to which, the entire beauty of a house can get destroyed. If we find a leak. it must be fixed on time, otherwise it can lead to huge devastation.

Fixing Warped Floors

Warped flooring is a major problem for many homeowners. First, it is typically caused by water damage, and can be indicative of a major leak, but it can also be caused by excessive wear, poor original materials or even chance. Warped floors are a bit of a hazard around the house and should be fixed as soon as possible. Let’s go over a few easy ways that you can get this job done.

Small Warps

These are tiny little warps that are usually barely noticeable. Commonly, if you found a leak in time, or are paying attention, you can spot this type of warp while it is still small and easy to fix. If the average area is less than six inches in diameter, and the boards affected are not numerous, you can try a very easy fix. When you see a warp in your floor your first reaction is probably to panic. You may call your insurance company to see what you are covered for or get in touch with a builder. You will pleased to know however that you don’t have to rush into doing things like this. First up you can try a few little tricks for yourself.

Get a cinderblock, or something similar that is very heavy. Wet the area where the warping occurred slightly and then place your heavy object over the warp. Give it a few days and check to see if the warp is gone. If you are using something heavy enough and the floor is still pliable, chances are your warp will be gone. This is a great fix if you are on a budget.

Medium to Large Warps

This is a little more serious and may require spot fixing. In a perfect world, only one flooring board will be warped, but often, it will usually effect more than one. Locate the area where the warping occurred and if necessary, fix the problem that caused it in the first place. Locate replacement boards that are the exact size and length of your existing flooring.

Take up the existing boards and if necessary, fix any underlying problems that may have been caused by a water leak. Get your replacement boards and lay them down, lining them up carefully. Using the appropriate sized screws, attach them to the floor joists one by one until the area has been completely fixed. You may need to either paint or stain them to match your other flooring.

Massive Warps

This is a serious issue, and may require the help of a professional. Massive warping is usually caused either by extreme neglect, bad water damage or age. This will typically require replacing the entire floor, especially if numerous boards are affected. Locate any boards that may be saved, but check them for structural integrity. It is best to err on the side of caution when dealing with massive floor warps since it may be an indication that the wood is rotten.

Rip out the flooring. If you are replacing the entire floor, you have some options as to what materials you will use for the replacement, either new wooden floors, or a subfloor with carpeting. Fix any underlying damage and then install your new flooring option. Again, you may need to either paint or stain it to match, depending on how much of the original floor you were able to keep.

Photo Credits: 1

Originally posted 2008-10-15 05:00:36. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Related posts:

  • Refinish Hardwood Floors One way to get the most out of your home is to refinish hardwood floors, restoring them to a much finer look and design. If.
  • DIY Home Flooring Repairs Methods by which floors are repaired depend entirely on the type of floor you currently have. Factors like the type of floor, and damage severity.
  • Add Huge Value to Your Home with a Little Fixing-Up When you think of adding value to your home, what do you think of? Massive renovations? The tearing out of floors? New foundations or overhauling.
  • Diagnose and Repair a Toilet Leak Sometimes a toilet leak is immediately obvious because of the extra water on the bathroom floor. Sometimes an increase your water bill will give the.
  • Green Flooring For Your Home If you are considering installing new flooring for your home, now is the time to consider reducing your carbon imprint. There are many new choices.

If you liked this article, vote for it on del.icio.us and stumbleupon .

Fix. Flooring. Handy Man. Wood Floors

4 comments

When we moved into our new house we had to fix a lot of warped floors. Lo and behold, underneath those warped floors was a lot of mold and water damage. It turned out to be a very expensive endeavor it is just too bad we didnt have an inspector apprise of the situation before we moved in.

#2 Neil on 06.01.12 at 2:50 am

The main reason of warped floors is presence of some undetected water leaks in the premises. A beautiful house with warped floors become ugly if not repaired properly. So, first thing is to avoid leaks in house and if any leak occurred, then fix it ASAP.

I had bad tenants in a property who have causes thousands of pounds of damage due to constant damp from a tumble dryer they did not have an outlet for (one which they never had permission to install) amoung other things the solid hard wood floor has a big warp between the door frame. We have tried everything to dry the floor out, but its not returning to flat. How long do you usually have to wait, its been about a week, windows open heating on. The property is very damp still though, tenants have mould is all rooms, where the tumble dryer was had caused plaster to fall off the wall. Dreadful, evicted now thankfully, but no where near rentable. Any ideas on speeding up drying?

#4 Rose on 09.13.12 at 4:16 am

I completely agree with Neil. The major cause behind wrapped floors is undetected water leaks. Due to which, the entire beauty of a house can get destroyed. If we find a leak. it must be fixed on time, otherwise it can lead to huge devastation.


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