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Repairing water damaged oak flooring

In some cases with water damaged oak flooring it is difficult to determine the source of the moisture as most of the moisture absorbed by a wood floor is from the bottom rather then from the top surface. It is very important to establish the source of moisture as soon as possible as the wood will continue to absorb water which can lead to an extensive damage.

Fine Oak Flooring has recently carried out repairs of water damaged oak flooring. Flooring was originally fitted by Fine Oak Flooring about eight years ago in Docklands, east London. It was a natural grade solid oak flooring 20mm thick and 150mm wide with square edge.

The flooring was damaged by a leaking pipe in the kitchen. Oak flooring was swelled and warped extensively by water that spread quickly damaging a large part of the oak flooring. To repair the water damaged oak flooring was very difficult and required knowledge and skills. Water damaged floorboards had to be cut out and removed carefully not to damage the good floorboards.

Once the leaking pipe was repaired the concrete sub-floor was cleaned from the adhesive and left to dry out. The preparation of sub-floor started once the concrete was dry. The concrete was levelled with latex levelling compound and then treated with Sika Primer MB. This is a two component resin based primer which acts also as damp-proofing membrane. The primer was left to dry for 24 hours before the new oak was fitted.

Knots of the newly fitted oak flooring were filled with dark filler. All of the flooring was sanded down with a belt sander to level the old and the newly fitted flooring. Then the gaps and cracks were filled with a mixture of resin and very fine saw dust. The whole area of flooring was finally sanded again with a fine grade sandpaper. The sanded oak flooring was finished with two coats of Osmo Polyx oil. Skirtings were put back and the flat was re-decorated.

There are a number of different types of water damage that can occur to the oak flooring and each will require different methods of treatment. A good assessment of a type of damage is required and an extensive knowledge and skills to bring the oak flooring back to its natural glory.