few weeks back, a reader asked for reasons why a wood
floor was starting to extrude chips and slivers from
between the boards.
Sandilands, of Shamrock Flooring in Aston, Pa., says it’s
his guess that the chips and slivers coming out of the
floors are from an older type of waxed prefinished
floors the industry called Kromar.
boards are 5/16 inches thick by two inches wide,"
Sandilands said. "However, the depth from the face
of the board to the tongue and groove is only about 1/16
of an inch.
many years of wear and tear and maybe a refinishing, the
boards tend to split at the notch for the tongue in
groove, breaking off the top.
is my guess that this is what’s happening, and, if so,
it is time to replace the floor."
this is a forum of ideas, pairing questions with
experts, so feel free to get involved any time.
wet. As I wrote this, the weather service was predicting
lots of rain.
into my e-mail inbox, coincidentally, was this from the
Chubb Insurance Group, on questions you should ask
yourself in order to reduce risk:
your sump pump working? Is it charged? When the ground
is saturated with water, the water table will rise,
causing sump pumps to activate.
you have a battery- backup sump-pump system, especially
if you have a finished basement or one filled with boxes
of heirlooms or important papers? A power outage during
or after a major rainstorm can result in ruined
is the slope of your house?
are the locations of windows and basement window wells?
your home have a history of water issues?
there an adequate number of draining pipes?
the driveway slope into the house?
continue to receive e-mail from around the country from
homeowners asking why basements that have never had
water issues before are having them now.
heavy rainstorms or freeze-thaw cycles open hairline
cracks in a house’s foundation that make water
intrusion easier and more damaging, so you need to be