finishing hardwood edge? - under-sink plumbing from concrete

feisty68March 11, 2014

Hi folks,

I just had a 2-layer plywood subfloor with 1/4" oak planks installed over concrete in my kitchen. The area will be under cabinets, but I'm concerned about what would happen if there were leaks under the sink. The water would pool where the plumbing comes out of the floor and soak into the exposed edges of the plywood/hardwood. What is the proper way to deal with this?

This wasn't discussed in advance with the flooring contractor.

Any help would be appreciated :)

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    Bookmark   March 17, 2014 at 2:27PM
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One of the main reasons most pros do not recommend wood in the kitchen as there is really no sure fire way to protect it.

    Bookmark   March 17, 2014 at 7:57PM
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Yeah, that's what I thought. Thanks very much for your input.

It was a tough decision. It's an open concept kitchen attached to a dining/living hall area that covers half of the apartment. The dining/living/hall area already had hardwood. When I wanted to increase the footprint of the kitchen, the best option was to continue the hardwood into the kitchen so that there wouldn't be a flooring transition where the old kitchen footprint was.

    Bookmark   March 17, 2014 at 8:03PM
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Having wood in a kitchen of a half bath comes with the risk of potential floods.

Theres not much you can do to protect yourself. If theres a small leak you can sand the area and refinish but a major flood youre going to end up ripping it out. You could finish all 4 sides of each plank b4 installing.
But it doesnt matter if you have 1 coat or 10 coats of finish. Wih enough time any standing water WILL penetrate the wood.

    Bookmark   March 17, 2014 at 8:47PM
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Sophie Wheeler

Water alarms under the sink DWand fridge, flood safe supply hoses, and brand new high quality 1/4 turn shut off valves that get exercised once every couple of months is about as ''preventative'' as it gets for keeping water damage at bay.

    Bookmark   March 17, 2014 at 10:32PM
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Thanks for the input folks :)

Great ideas hollysprings :) . Dh installed new quality valves, and we will use a water alarm.

    Bookmark   March 17, 2014 at 11:35PM
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Done lost of solid hardwood in looks great, but you just have to love the concept and realize that usual floor cleaning methods have to be adjusted.

    Bookmark   March 18, 2014 at 9:06PM
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