Water exposure, when is enough enough?

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Old 01-14-05, 07:31 AM
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Water exposure, when is enough enough?

We hired a contractor to build an addition to our home. The process started last August and the wood flooring was put in sometime in early December.

Since then there's been a number of downpours and since the roof isn't finished, each rain leaves a nice puddle of water in certain areas on the floorboard.

I'm just wondering how much damage is being done here. That roof may be finished a few weeks down the road at best and I don't want to run into a situation (after the addition is complete) where someone falls through the floor due to a deteriorated spot caused by water damage?

Any suggestions?

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Old 01-15-05, 09:39 PM
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We hired a contractor to build an addition to our home. The process started last August and the wood flooring was put in sometime in early December.
By the process, do you mean they broke ground in Aug, or that's when you initially spoke to the contractor? If they started building this before labor day & it wasn't dried in before Christmas, IMO, you chose the wrong contractor.

Anyway, as to your subflooring, what type of material was used? Differents types of subflooring materials have different water resistant properties. In general, as long as the sheeting hasn't significantly swelled or started to delaminate (peel apart in layers), or show signs of deteroriating, you're probably still ok. Once the addition is dried in, the subfloor & framing should be allowed to dry out completely before the final layer of subflooring is laid.

It's also critical that the wall studs & ceiling joists be allowed to dry before the drywall phase starts. If not, you most certainly will have problems with the drywall when the heat/AC is turned on.

Hope that helps, let us know if we can be of further help.
 
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