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Flood Damage Over Antique Solid Oak Flooring

I have a 1868 lodge house with original oak flooring, its about 2.5" wide each strip, we were flooded in the storm last week and the floor had water / mud all over it, some of it has remained wet now for a week. The insurance put in big de-humidifers 3 days after the flood then 18 hours later phoned and told me to turn them off, but they had already started to lift the oak, causing what I am told by a friend is cupping?

Can you offer me any advice / opinion without prejudice if this method of drying would be right for what I guess is an antique floor?

Thanks very much for your time / any help you can offer.


The dehumidifiers will speed the process in a "gently" for the wood manner, worse will be drying with trying to increase temperature in the area. Cupping will unfortunately come together with any excessive leak on wooden floor. On a narrow strip like the one described, I would expect cupping to appear only in cases where the amount of water was excessive. As it sounds that will be the case, I would expect the situation to worsen over a period of 2-3 weeks, while the timber is drying.

Three-four weeks after the flooding the timber will stop moving and eventually (over the next 2-3 months) go back to a certain stage - how much it may calm down would depend on the amount of water absorbed.


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