Hardwood floors separating


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Old 04-26-09, 02:30 PM
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Question Hardwood floors separating

I have oak hardwood floors that are showing some small gaps between the boards. Besides controlling the humidity, should I have them repaired or fill them with a wood filler? It may have been caused from humidity under the house?
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Old 04-27-09, 03:26 AM
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Too much humidity would cause the wood to swell up and buckle. Sounds like not enough humidity. Did you run the humidifier all winter?
 
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Old 04-27-09, 03:48 AM
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Welcome to the forums! I agree, the humidity in the house seems to be too low. However, hardwood flooring must be acclimated to the environment at least 72 hours prior to install to prevent this from happening. Is this a relatively new install?
 
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Old 04-27-09, 08:03 AM
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Thanks for your replies! I live near SEATTLE!

No, I have never run a humidifier. Sounds like something to think about. I've never heard that before. The floor came with the home, built in 1988.

I'll watch the few gaps (1/32nd of an inch?) through the summer and see what happens. My wife was mainly concerned that it is not being caused from black mold from under the house.
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