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Why is laminate flooring Bubbling?

Why is laminate flooring bubbling?

Bubbling is the general term used to describe the condition where laminate planks rise up and develop bubbles. This can happen for various reasons: The wood materials in the laminate flooring expand and contract with moisture. Humidity is one of the ways that moisture can be introduced into your flooring. The amount of moisture in the air can cause your laminate to change widths. Keeping your humidity within these levels ensures your floor is protected from too much moisture in the air.

Alternately, direct water damage can cause “bubbling” around the edges of the planks. This is caused by water or another liquid seeping into the laminate flooring joints, where the locking system connects. Damage like this can also be caused by too much humidity in the air. Moreover, when you can recognize the problem areas and causes, taking preventive measures becomes simpler.

How to repair bubbling?

Unfortunately, there is no quick fix for these types of flooring mishaps. Replace damaged planks is the only way.

How to replace bubbling?

  1. Inspect the affected area and find out if only one board is bubbling or a specific part of the floor is damaged. If only one board is causing trouble, it might be because its layer has lost cohesion.
  2. Replace the wall molding first with a screwdriver or hammer and then remove the damaged board. If you have snap and lock flooring, simply lifting the affected board will be enough.
  3. Replace the bubbled board with a new one. Make sure that you get the matching board or else you’ll get an uneven-looking floor.
  4. After replacing the damaged board, ensure that the floor is sealed to avoid moisture penetrating or direct water damage in the future.
  5. If you have glued-down laminate flooring, make sure to wipe off excess adhesive after installing the new board.