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06-21-2008 11:48 PM

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Hi, i’m JerryE and I have a tech. question on particle board.

1976 5/8 in. particle board flooring Once it becomes water soaked and startes the process of delaminateion or decay how long can it take ” in years” for the flooring to continue show the effects of the delamination or decay?
Anyone know? My guess was it could continue to show the effects for up to 10 years?
I sure would like to know the answer to this one.
Thanks. Jerry

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#1 posted 06-23-2008 12:54 AM

Welcome to LJs Jerrye. I am not sure I am clear on what you are asking. Are you asking if the delamination will continue once the boards are dry? ...or will the delamination stop or reverse itself?

My previous home, build in the 80s, had particle board sub flooring and while I am not sure when it got soaked but when we moved in the floor was crumbling and the only repair for it was to cut out the water stained/delaminated parts and replace it. I think the crumbling would have gotten progressively worse just from the mechanical action of people walking across it, even if it continued to stay dry. As for your 10 year time frame, I would say the effects would progressively get worse until there was complete failure of the PB.

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