Following a burst pipe, is soaked flooring salvageable?
March 27, 2014 1:13 PM Subscribe
So the hot water pipe leading to our kitchen sink in our house burst during the night and I came down to find our kitchen, bathroom & half our livng room under 2 inches of warm water. Now everything is tidied but the floor material - vinyl - is damp on the underside. What to do? Damp slushy snowflakes inside.
posted by ianso to Home & Garden (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
The vinyl was put down by the previous owner on top of tiles & badly-done concrete. It doesn't go all the way to the wall because it post-dates the nailed-down kitchen cupboards, sink installation etc., and this is why I'm pretty sure there's water under most of it, and under the cupboards. Every corner of vinyl that I've pulled up has been damp underneath. The house is already damp (pre-WWI: no damp-proof course).
On the other side: pulling up all the vinyl would be hugely disruptive so I don't want to do it if I don't have to.
I'm putting a dehumidifier on every night and I've turned the heating up, but is this enough? I don't think air can circulate under the vinyl as easily as the water did. Should we take up the vinyl right now to let the tiles & concrete dry up before putting in new floor material? I'm worried that if we wait and see if it dries, then mould will grow in the places we can reach and can't, at which point we will have to do everything Very Quickly what with there being children in the house.
If you've been in a similar situation I'd love to know how you handled it.