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Re: Hardwood floor leaks?

Posted By: joe
Saturday, 26 February 2000, at 7:08 a.m.

In Response To: Hardwood floor leaks? (Mandy Myers)

You probably are getting water damage from the walls. It can be from several sources:

One is the result of ice dams forming on your eaves if you are in a cold climate. Ice dams form from meltwater from snow on roofs that re-freeze when it gets to the colder eaves. The ice then forces it way up under the shingles and often penetrates the exterior walls.

Another is bad flashing or bad caulking/sealing above windows. This would allow rain water to penetrate the wall cavity.

Lastly, and most likely, is that your home has little or no insulation. When warm moist humid interior air migrates out thru the exterior walls of your home and encounters the colder stud and sheathing surfaces inside the walls, the moisture condenses, saturating the insulation and stud space. The weeping of moitsure down the inside of the wall will be seen as you noticed as black water stains on the flooring.

The solution is twofold: to reduce the moisture level in your home and to better insulate the walls. Many homes built in the 50s have no wall insulation.

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