Hardwood Floor Survives Turtle Extraction

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Finally past the log pressure washing (outside) that caused water migration we got the floors done.

It was a duel of contractors (in a friendly way), as we both had jobs to do. 

But the necessary pressure washing caused water migration that did come in the walls, ceiling and windows that dripped on the floor. We prevailed as we danced on and off, soaking up the water and catching some drips, puddles, and even some collecting in a bucket.
 When we heard there was going to be a turtle extraction, we got kind of nervous again about our floors!

The background: Kinda’ a cool thing for a kid, parents have a turtle pool and wooded perch in the corner of their youn son’s room. It’s a log cabin with a camp vibe that went with the camp and  beach vibe.
However, the family moved to Florida, and rented the house to renters. The deal was, the renters had to feed and care for the turtle, which they did. But then they decided they love Florida so much they wanted to sell the house.
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Sheepishly looking through the window I held my breath (not gonna lie)!

But once inside we peeled the Ramboard™ back, and saw a slight sheen of water on the floor, so little that we were able to dry it with our socks, and there was no lingering damage.

We skirted yet another water mishap, and questioned the young man who wasn’t aware any spill occured. 

Thank goodness that is done, and our floors survived! And, the turtle is on to a new home. But most importantly, for what we were asked, the floors look beautiful and 

protecting newly finished hardwood
So we put the board in the hallway
To be safe we installed a protective cardboard type material called “Ramboard™”.

This heavy cardboard material is ideal, it allows the floor to breathe. It also is thick enough to protect the floors while other contracting can take place. 

We heard a family friend was going to help- (A teenager!)  

Ok, so I was informed by our client that a friend of the family, a senior in high school, was going to do the turtle extraction. Rob said he was a good kid, and that he explained he needed to be careful not to get any water on the hardwood floors. He assured me the young man would make sure the floors were ok. 

Although I had no reason to doubt Rob, I did have concern, and it was confirmed by others they too had concern.  

It also is waterproof to an extent, but if large puddles of water are left, it would probably soak through. 

And as luck would have it later that day I met the young man there and explained my concern about any spillage. (Maybe I got a vibe that I was being a bit of a nudge, but I wanted him to understand that he needed to make sure no water dripped, spilled or puddled anywhere on the wood floor.)

So continuing from the hallway, we covered the entire path clear to the front door. 

Covering the entire way, we continued protecting the floor in the “lodge room,” clear to the front door. 

Medford Lakes protected hardwood floors
Then we extended it in the lodge room to the front door

All we could do now it hope they would get the turtle out safely, empty the water out of the pool through a window, and remove the pool liner. While much of the cage, perch and structure could be tossed out of the casement window, the stiff pool liner could not. 

Disaster averted!

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This is what we found the next day
™Despite my concern, we did have a mishap, but the floor survived!
A puddle was left on the Ramboard overnight, that he said he didn’t know had happened. Thankfully all that spilled was just on the Ramboard, and did not cause any damage. 

Had it been on the hardwood itself it would have left a huge black mark that would have needed repaired. If we could have dealt with it as just that area it may have resulted in a $500-$700 repair. If not, the whole Lodge room, comprised of the living area, the formal dining area and the hallway would have had to be taken back down, costing probably closer to $2,000 or $3,000. 

The puddle pooled on top but barely soaked in.

Sheepishly looking through the window I held my breath (not gonna lie)!

But once inside we peeled the Ramboard™ back, and saw a slight sheen of water on the floor, so little that we were able to dry it with our socks, and there was no lingering damage.

We skirted yet another water mishap, and questioned the young man who wasn’t aware any spill occured.   

 

Water damage to newly finished hardwood floor
Had that spill from the pool lined sat overnight on our newly finished hardwood floor it would have caused $100's even $1000 dollar repair or more

Thank goodness that is done, and our floors survived! And, the turtle is on to a new home. But most importantly, for what we were asked, the floors look beautiful and the house is almost ready to be put on the market!

 

 

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