Forum Title: House Fire/ Gaps in laminate
Hi guys, I joined the forum to see if my insurance is telling the truth, or whether I'm right. Here's my question. If I had high humidity in my house, in excess of 65%, for a month and a half, could it cause my flooring to have gaps length wise, without any noticeable buckling? The flooring was professionally installed 1 year prior to the fire, and these gaps were NOT noticed prior to the fire (I strongly believe they were never there). The fire actually only damaged my neighbors homes, and mine only suffered water damage from the firefighters clothing and boots when they entered my home, to access the attic to check the firewall... I've attached a link with the pic, to so you can have a visual. This is the worst spot, and those are coins jammed in the gap. There are other gaps, but I ran out of coins, as I wasn't expecting to see this. The insurance company is saying that the gaps are NOT related to the elevated humidity in my house, and that the gaps are isolated to head joints, and localized in one area, not the whole upper floor... Have a look, and tell me I'm crazy, or that the humidity may have caused this. Thanksimage upload
Category: Flooring Post By: MILDRED COOK (Lake Forest, CA), 03/13/2019

If my thinking is correct, an elevated humidity would cause your floor to expand, not shrink. Did you acclimate the floor prior to installation?

- CHARLENE NORRIS (Rancho Cucamonga, CA), 05/10/2019

Are the seams swelled? You can hire a flooring inspector.

- BERNICE BANKS (Boca Raton, FL), 04/06/2019

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