Replacing Flooded Basement Flooring

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Tom Kraeutler
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We recently replaced carpeting with laminate flooring in one room of the basement. Yesterday the pipe broke on the sump pump and flooded the basement floor.  As a result, we're pulling out the rest of the carpeting in the basement floor and replacing it.

We are wondering if we have to pull out the new laminate flooring? This is the room all the water went through to get to the carpet. I'm worried about mold.

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Although laminate floors are more resistant to water than carpet, it is not water proof and will buckle if there is constant moisture on it. Check under the floors to see if the flood waters have seeped through as well, and when you are sure all the flood water is gone, put a dehumidifier in for a few weeks and check the floors again for any signs of warping, damage, etc. – particularly between the planks.

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