water damaged laminate


Old 09-03-02, 08:57 AM
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water damaged laminate

Hi all-
We just discovered that our dishwasher has been leaking, probably for many months, and that the water has gotten under our Pergo-like (fake wood colored laminate) floor. We bought the house in January and just discovered the leak when we pulled up a cabinet next to the dishwasher to install a new stove. The laminate stopped at the cabinet, rather than going all the way to the wall and being sealed. The house is on a concrete slab, so the water just leaked right under the laminate and we never saw any water on top of it.

We'd noticed the seams of the laminate buckling a bit in the last few months, but chalked it up to a humid summer and thought it would go away when the weather dried out. Now we know we were wrong. The dishwasher repair guy said the dishwasher either never had or for some reason is missing an o-ring that seals something - hence the leak for god knows how long.

So, our local friendly carpet/floor guy says that we should call our insurance company and they will replace the whole floor. The laminate is the glued kind, so he says it is really hard to patch it, which was our original thought since we have some extra laminate. We are also considering just replacing the damaged area with tile, since the laminate is in an eat-in kitchen and there is a logical separation between the food prep area and the dining area. We don't want to hassle our insurance company with something trivial, but we really don't know if this is considered trivial or not.


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Old 09-03-02, 01:41 PM
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OK, well, apparently insurance won't cover the repair since it was an ongoing leak and not a one time thing. Details details.

Anyway, we are gun-shy on putting more laminate down to replace the damaged stuff, so we are probably going to do ceramic tile instead - pricier but more waterproof!

So, we will have a seam between the dining and cooking areas where the remaining laminate meets the new ceramic. Any suggestions for connecting this seam?

Old 09-04-02, 04:54 AM
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Seam matching

There are a wide variety of reducers, t moldings etc. available at most home improvement and floor covering stores. Since you have extra laminate it should be easy for you to find the appropriate piece. Have fun with the tile.
Old 09-04-02, 06:24 AM
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Depending on you knowledge of a few facts, you may be able to work out a solution. Do you know exactly what brand and color is installed on your floor? Did the former owner have extra planks left over and do you now have them? A pro can route a new edge from which to start a replacement, and do it between the dining and cooking area with or without a molding but this is an option only if you answered 'YES' to the previous 2 questions. If not Phil has given you the other solution. Your problem may well be made worse due to a lack of a silicone barrier at the laminate edge under your dishwasher.
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