Water Damage to Hardwood Floor

Old 08-26-06, 07:28 AM
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Water Damage to Hardwood Floor


My dishwasher leaker water onto my hardwood floors and they have raised a bit. To speed up drying, we put fans around the floor and in the crawl space. I was told that to help speed up drying, it would be worth drilling some holes through the subfloor in my crawl space. I figure it can't hurt but want to know if there are other things I should be doing to help speed up the drying.

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Old 08-26-06, 05:27 PM
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Fans will improve air circulation and help expedite drying. A dehumidifier should be used in affected areas to remove excess humidity. Most would tend to be hesitant to drill holes through hardwood flooring and subfloor to crawl space. Continue to run fans and place a dehumidifier in the area. Crawl space needs to be dry. With hardwood flooring, soil in crawl space, after it is dried out, should be covered with 8 mil minimum polypropylene (plastic), overlapped and taped, and run up inside of foundation and taped to keep humidity from rising through subfloor.

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