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    After 2 years of looking at an empty aquarium I set it back up on Sunday with goldfish for my 3 year old.

    Overnight on Sunday the pump outflow sprung a leak. I mopped up what I could but the tank is placed near a wall and water has gotten into the expansion gap under the flooring near the skirting board.

    I have no real idea how much water leaked, up to 10 litres is my estimate.

    The laminate on a different part of the floor gas started to swell and rise up at the joint.

    I can't move the tank as it weighs a ton unless I drain it but I'm scared the floor will spring up.

    Will it dry out and go back down? Or am I looking at having to replace the entire living room and hallway? or depending on the direction it was laid can I just replace a section?

    I would upload some photos but I don't know how to.....
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      It's unlikely to dry out & go back down. It will dry out but will stay swelled.

      It depends how it's laid (joints glued or not, & direction of joins) on how much you need to take up to replace - do you have spares/ a colour matched board?
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      Firstly I would get a dehumidifier in the room and see where you go from there
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      Quote Originally Posted by mothy View Post
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      It's unlikely to dry out & go back down. It will dry out but will stay swelled.

      It depends how it's laid (joints glued or not, & direction of joins) on how much you need to take up to replace - do you have spares/ a colour matched board?
      I don't.

      We rent the flat and it was already down. This is my problem. It looks like it has just been clicked together as we do have small gaps in other places where it's come apart near walls.

      The boards run along the room as opposed to across it. The swelling is across the entrance to the kitchen so we can't leave it like it is, especially with little bare feet running around.

      Why is it when you're just getting a handle on things something else goes ****ing wrong to cause a load of grief and expense?

      Going to be a fun conversation with the landlord.
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      Quote Originally Posted by macky View Post
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      Firstly I would get a dehumidifier in the room and see where you go from there
      We run a dehumidifier anyway as the bedrooms suffer from damp, especially in winter as they are north facing walls that don't get any warmth and the building was shoddily built.
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      Quote Originally Posted by spongy View Post
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      After 2 years of looking at an empty aquarium I set it back up on Sunday with goldfish for my 3 year old.

      Overnight on Sunday the pump outflow sprung a leak. I mopped up what I could but the tank is placed near a wall and water has gotten into the expansion gap under the flooring near the skirting board.

      I have no real idea how much water leaked, up to 10 litres is my estimate.

      The laminate on a different part of the floor gas started to swell and rise up at the joint.

      I can't move the tank as it weighs a ton unless I drain it but I'm scared the floor will spring up.

      Will it dry out and go back down? Or am I looking at having to replace the entire living room and hallway? or depending on the direction it was laid can I just replace a section?

      I would upload some photos but I don't know how to.....
      To be blunt your fooked.

      The laminate will not click back together and you will have a neigh on impossible job finding out what laminate you have down and matching it up to replace just a section. Even if you do know which one it is and can still get that laminate and colour be aware that sometimes the manufacturers change locking systems or wear layer on the surface every few years so that they can sell you more instead of like yourself just replacing a section.

      Good luck, your gonna need it.
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      Sorry to butt in, just easier than starting a new thread.
      Just wanted to know how easy laminate flooring is to fit as I want to do my flat. Obviously I don't want to start something and then find out it's harder than I thought.
      From others experiences, am I safer just paying for a pro to fit it? I'm no expert when it comes to diy but I'm not a total moron either.
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      Sorry to butt in, just easier than starting a new thread.
      Just wanted to know how easy laminate flooring is to fit as I want to do my flat. Obviously I don't want to start something and then find out it's harder than I thought.
      From others experiences, am I safer just paying for a pro to fit it? I'm no expert when it comes to diy but I'm not a total moron either.
      Laying the floor is easy. I did an 18ft x 12ft room in about a day & half using hand saw & rubber mallet & gluing joints.

      2 things: 1 is your floor level - as this is critical to making it easy / a good job
      2 - will you remove skirting boards & replace over new floor? This looks & lasts much better than using scotia / beading to cover the expansion gaps
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      Quote Originally Posted by Psychobilly freakout View Post
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      To be blunt your fooked.

      The laminate will not click back together and you will have a neigh on impossible job finding out what laminate you have down and matching it up to replace just a section. Even if you do know which one it is and can still get that laminate and colour be aware that sometimes the manufacturers change locking systems or wear layer on the surface every few years so that they can sell you more instead of like yourself just replacing a section.

      Good luck, your gonna need it.
      This. I've got a small area in my living room which got water damaged. Luckily, it is underneath one of the sofas so not hugely noticeable.
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      Laminate flooring?


      Hate the stuff. Looks rubbish, feels horrible underfoot, wears out, expands and contracts too much, sounds awful when walked on etc. Cheap and very nasty stuff that in the not too distant future, everybody will be ripping up and putting it where it belongs. In a skip.

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