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Help with laminate flooring?

Help with laminate flooring?

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Absolutely nothing. I have built homes for 17 years and short of replacing the damaged pieces, if it is a brand that can be partially replaced, there is absolutely nothing you can do about buckling laminate floors. The number one reason that floors buckle is moisture. I am going off of the assumption that you are not a complete slob and will not allow water to puddle on the floor. This leaves a humidity issue under the floor. You need to put down a vapor barrier under your flooring. This will help reduce the moisture that comes into contact with the floor and result in your floors lasting longer. If you are on a crawlspace, you should install solar powered fans at one or two of your foundation vents. This will decrease the amount of moisture build up under your home. If you are on a slab, you may have some serious concerns. You should contact a foundation inspection firm. They can tell you if a natural spring has decided to form under or around your slab. It's rare, but not unheard of. Don't waste time with this one. You may need to bore a drain hole under your home to keep it from floating away, literally floating. You should also check to see if you have a broken pipe under or in your slab. You can accomplish this by a pressure test. I am not sure where to get one, but you can purchase a simple tool that hooks up to your sink faucet. It reads pressure. Before you go to bed, hook up the device and turn that cold water lever on. All of the other water in the home should be off, including the lawn sprinklers. In the morning, if you have a decrease in the pressure at the sink of more than a pound or two, call a plumber. They can help you from there. God Bless
Nothing - only to replace buckled ones. Do not use a lot of water on laminate flooring - usually thats is why it will buckle.
Replace the damaged boards. (if laminate floating floor boards.) This involves removing all the boards until you get to the ones that need changing though... maybe you could cover them with a mat or rug? If it is simple flat laminate, absolutely nothing can be done as the surface has stretched.

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