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Old 11-11-2013, 11:07 PM   #1
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aquarium water damage to hardwood floor?

so i have both saltwater and freshwater tanks and lately i noticed that my floor is creaking. this makes me wonder if this is due to the water dripping onto the floor every now and then because of aquarium related stuffs. obviously i have no proof of this and don't remember what it was like before i moved in, but if this is due to water damage, how should i go about it to fix the problem? i'm concerned, hopefully this isn't my fault
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Old 11-11-2013, 11:16 PM   #2
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If it is the water from tanks, I recommend taking a paper towel, and swipe the water off the floor whenever you see it. As long as the water is not concentrated in drops or puddles, I think it should be fine.
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Old 11-11-2013, 11:29 PM   #3
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You said you just started to notice it. It could be the seasonal temperature change effecting you floors expansion and contraction. If you know someone with a moisture you can borrow it. check the lvl's in your floor and call the floor manufacturer to find out thier exeptable moisture range. They would also be able to advise you what your next step should be to correct and issue if needed.
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Old 11-11-2013, 11:34 PM   #4
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If it is the water from tanks, I recommend taking a paper towel, and swipe the water off the floor whenever you see it. As long as the water is not concentrated in drops or puddles, I think it should be fine.
i always have a towel on the floor just in case something drips onto the floor, i always wipe the water off but i'm not sure about the "long term damage" this could lead to, if any.
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but isn't saltwater more damaging than freshwater? wood rots in saltwater
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You said you just started to notice it. It could be the seasonal temperature change effecting you floors expansion and contraction. If you know someone with a moisture you can borrow it. check the lvl's in your floor and call the floor manufacturer to find out thier exeptable moisture range. They would also be able to advise you what your next step should be to correct and issue if needed.
i only started noticing now because i never pay much attention to the hardwood floor before and for the first time that water damage to wood floor crossed my mind last night. like i said, i don't remember whether it creaked or not when i moved in; but it's definitely creaking now. what do you mean by "someone with a moisture i can borrow"?
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do we have someone on AA who's specialized in carpentry or home improvement that can lend a hand or chime in this subject matter please
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i only started noticing now because i never pay much attention to the hardwood floor before and for the first time that water damage to wood floor crossed my mind last night. like i said, i don't remember whether it creaked or not when i moved in; but it's definitely creaking now. what do you mean by "someone with a moisture i can borrow"?
Sorry I mean moisture meter. Its basically a digital readout with two pointed metal prongs that you press against the wood to get a reading.

Wood flooring has a pretty large moisture tolerance range because the environment its in is constantly fluctuating. Thats why you may notice it more now. Wood tends to swell in summer and constrict in winter. With the seasonal change bringing a colder dryer air. Even if its only a couple degree can make wood floor release moisture and constricting. which shrinks the board relaxing the contact pressure between flooring boards and allowing fractional movement. That movement is most likely the creaking you hear. Now, the easiest way to see if its normal expanding and contracting of the floor is to get the moisture readings from several places around the tank and call the flooring manufacturer. provide those readings and they would be able to tell you if the readings were abnormal. If there is a problem the readings will be way off. Hope this helps

P.S. I'm not a carpenter but I was a flooring rep specializing in hardwoods. I took a lot of these readings for concerned customers or warranty claims.
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If your talking about a few drops of water falling on the floor every now and then and not an actual leak from your tank that will not do anything to the floor especially since you say you wipe it right up. It was probably pre existing and you just didn't notice it before. I don't think I'd be calling manufacturers or carpenters. Also so what type of floor is it.
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If your talking about a few drops of water falling on the floor every now and then and not an actual leak from your tank that will not do anything to the floor especially since you say you wipe it right up. It was probably pre existing and you just didn't notice it before. I don't think I'd be calling manufacturers or carpenters. Also so what type of floor is it.
I was only told that it's hardwood floor, constructed less than 2yrs ago. maybe i can take a pic of it and have someone here identify it
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