The swelling of a floor is not a rare phenomenon, and sometimes even just a few weeks after installation. What causes swelling of a parquet? How to fix it and repair if necessary? Elements of answers.
Why does my parquet swell?
Several reasons may explain why a parquet swells, but in the majority of cases, this phenomenon is due to a problem of ventilation of the room, where moisture is created and then causes a dilation of the floorboards. This can occur especially if you are drying laundry in a room with parquet, which is of course strongly inadvisable not to damage this flooring.
Parquet swellings are also frequently encountered after water damage, whether the leak is smaller or more consequent.
Finally, a floor with blades have not been asked in the rules of art can be swollen, either because the floor has not been properly cleaned before the installation of the siding or when an element has been forgotten during the work, or because the gaps between the boards and the walls are not sufficient been respected.
How to repair my swollen floor?
Before even considering repair, a simple way to avoid the risk of swelling of parquet related to moisture. In addition to ventilating the room by opening the window regularly, a dehumidifier can be installed.
In case of swelling, different solutions can then be envisaged.
First, if the swelling is due to water leakage, the first thing is to treat the source of the problem, ie repair the leak, so that the floor can then be dried. A hair dryer can be used, or a mobile radiator for example, being careful however to wait enough for the floor is dry, both on its visible side that hidden, the risk of starting work prematurely that would serve no purpose.
Two scenarios then arise: either the floor returns naturally to its original state, or some blades are too damaged or even peeled, and must be replaced. If it is also a solid parquet, a sanding operation can be operated to remove the remaining traces of curl.
Yes the swelling is linked to a forgotten object during the workthere will be no choice but to lift the blades to remove it and put them back in place.
Finally, if it is due to a lack of space between the walls and the blades, it will be necessary to rework the blades on the walls side (by removing the skirting boards beforehand), the easiest being, for the situations of removal / rests, to call on a professional so as to avoid damaging more than he does is the floor and restore a flawless appearance to all.