A few months ago now, the house that our friends David and Kim rent from the company suffered flooring damage when the HVAC backed up and poured water onto the floor covering of the hallway. That was no good at all. They pulled up all of the pieces that got wet and had started experiencing a bad smell really quickly. They didn’t throw the flooring away though, just put to the side, out of the house where they could be gross without bothering anyone.
We had the blockage fixed first, then realizing that this was going to be a pretty big job and how much damage was done, we decided to call our insurance company and filed a claim. We only do that if we have to.
In this case, for that much flooring to be replaced, we had to file one. It was not just the hallway, but the entire living room and the other hallway at the other end of the house had to have the flooring replaced. They all had the same kind of flooring and it was all connected. Considering its age, there was no way we would match it, and we weren’t going to just let parts of the hallway look different and awful.
We got some really nice vinyl flooring picked out that really matches all of the painting that Kim has done. It is also a water-resistant flooring which makes a lot of sense in a rental property. We don’t worry that something will be done intentionally, of course but things like the HVAC backing up does happen.
The old flooring was a lot like cardboard meets plywood. It just can’t hold up to water at all. The way that old flooring connects also makes it really hard to try and replace just one or a few pieces since they all lock together. The new flooring is laid out piece by piece, so if one of those gets damaged, just pull that one piece up, replace it, and you’re done! Hopefully we won’t need to have quite this big of a project over there for a good while now.
As a bonus, Kim and David re-did the trim to look correct, and painted the door knobs. It really looks nice, and we are hoping that house STAYS nice for a while now!
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