Perhaps it is time to replace the warped floor boards in your kitchen or living room that have become quite the nuisance. Maybe they are tripping up the young ones or giving your dining cabinet a hard lean to the left. Has covering large gaps and dips in your otherwise beautiful wood flooring with rugs or furniture may have worked up until now? The fact is that a temporary fix will not replace sagging or buckled boards that need repair.
Before you choose to have your boards replaced, it is important to take care of the source of the problem. If this is not done, your wood flooring woes will be creeping back up in no time. The source you need to target is moisture buildup in your home. For most homes, the moisture doesn’t build up in the main living areas, but below the floors themselves in the crawl space.
It is possible you may have already had a vapor barrier installed in your crawl space, but that it had been done incorrectly. This can cause gaps in the protection of misplaced sheeting. Where there is a weakness in the waterproofing of your crawl space, there is a place for moisture to leak through! This can cause warped floor boards, as they absorb the moisture hungrily.
If you are unsure about the state of your crawl space and are experiencing warped floor boards that are buckling, cupping, or sagging, call BARRIER Waterproofing Systems at (615) 257-1060 | (931) 536-1168 for a FREE evaluation of your crawl space.
Our team will assess the environment of the space beneath your home and determine what level of insulation or waterproofing installation may need to be done to ensure your crawl space stays dry all year, every year. Lastly, if there is damage that has reached the floors in your living room, there a good chance there is also damage in the sub-flooring or floor joists. This is because they are directly exposed to moisture. We will perform a comprehensive evaluation and save your family time and money while you improve the quality of your home.
This post was originally published on 4/31/2020 and updated on 3/3/2022 for accuracy and a larger scope of information.