How to repair water damaged kitchen floor and island base?

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Help! I found this weekend I had a small mist leak coming from the bottom of my dishwasher.This is the nightmare it caused (Pics Below).My homeowners insurance will not cover because it was not sudden. They consider a leak to be result of poor maintainance which is not covered even though I didn't know about the leak until water was oozing up from my tongue and groove laminate floor. I don't think I will ever own another dishwasher.So that being said, Do I completely remove this island. I have the same problem on another cabinet side but it is just involving the MDF board. So any advice you can give is appreciated. Remember I am a 57year old female who lives alone with a small budget. Thank you so much I could not make it without hometalks advice

Base of Kitchen Island

Another view of floor and side of island.

Side of Island where I have tried to remove damaged wood but I think it is too extensive .

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  • Kelli L. Milligan Kelli L. Milligan on Oct 23, 2018

    Oh sweetie I am so sorry that happened. I assume the floor swelled up to along with island base. You'll have to replace the damaged laminate, hopefully you have left over pieces. If the subfloor is damaged, that too will have to come out. Put a fan on the area to dry out asap to try to prevent mold.

    Was the dish washer in island? Was laminate under entire island ? Are cabinets painted? Need more information.

  • Oh my! Yes that is a mess. Sorry but it all needs to be torn out otherwise you run the risk of mold, which, if left untouched can cost thousands to remediate. Flooring needs to come up too. It is going to be a big job. At some point you will certainly need help, so save as much of your budget as you can for some labor costs. I would also file an appeal with the insurance carrier too - and talk to your agent. To replace the floor, you might consider vinyl which will be cost effective. We are the same age and yes you can do this. Call your trash company to get a small construction bin for the waste. Then systematically start demolition. Once cleared out, wash all surfaces thoroughly with TSP and let dry. Use portable fans if you have any to speed the process up. Then start putting the kitchen back together as funds permit. Hopefully you have some sympathetic friends that will come help you out here and there.

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    • Joanne C. Wanciak Joanne C. Wanciak on Oct 24, 2018

      Once you get ready to replace cabinets the Habitat Restore is a great place to get nice inexpensive cabinets. You may can find someone to work with you for affordable price. Worth trying.

      Also In our county we have volunteer that help those who need it.

      also churches have men who volunteer for those unable to handle this big job. Can you go on Facebook and ask for information about this kind of help. Hope this works for you.

  • Oliva Oliva on Oct 24, 2018

    Should you decide to replace your dishwasher, you may wish to consider purchasing a water alarm, which sounds a 90-100 dB alert when it detects a water leak. There are other systems that will alert your smart phone, and even turn off the water, but these are more costly. You might ask your insurance companny if discounts are given if you install a water alert system.

  • Cat Cat on Oct 24, 2018

    I have no work advice, but I am sorry this happened. Sending good thoughts your way

  • Mogie Mogie on Oct 24, 2018

    We had a few contractors that went to our church. They took one weekend per month to work on other church members homes for just the cost of supplies. I would start by calling your church, clubs and other organizations to see if help is available. I am so sorry this happened to you and can understand why you don't want another dishwasher!

  • Gail Gail on Oct 25, 2018

    Here's a suggestion for well spent investment that isn't real expensive & often free on Craigslist & free cycle groups-- I'm talking about installing a shower pan under your dishwasher. Install the drain so that water will have an escape should a leak occur in the future or plug the drain but if plugged you will need to keep an eye on it for any water appearances so you can address it.


    Sometimes you can find washing machine pans which would also work & is a well spent investment under a washing machine.


    Water heater pans are available now, just ask for them wherever water heaters are sold. Any appliance that uses water is subject to develop leaks, an ounce of prevention to protect floors, cabinets, & walls is worth far more than the cost of cure for damages like this.


    I'm sorry I don't have any suggestions different from those already offered to fix your damages & I truly wish you the best with your repairs.

  • Peter  Linares Peter Linares on Aug 30, 2019

    With any flooring make sure your floor will look waterproof and will not get smudged with water and create a pond like structure after water damage or any flood damage happens. I remembered a few days ago at my granny's house her bathroom, toilet got chocked due to some plastic and thus causes an overflow of water all over the house. So she suddenly took the decision and called the insurance company for covering the damage cost caused by water damage at Glendale, but as insurance company was delaying the process she had to contact to public adjusters for further process.

    If you are looking best public adjusters then one can take help from Alliance Public Adjusters experts.

  • Marie Reis Marie Reis on Jan 14, 2020

    Thanks for sharing the pictures and sharing your problem. It is very important to hire the best renovation and construction company to help you to solve this problem. They guide you properly and also advice you. There are many home improvement contractors are available in the market. You can choose as per your budget.

  • Adam Willson Adam Willson on Mar 20, 2020

    In such cases, it is best to immediately call water damage restoration, so that they quickly eliminate water from the house and disinfect it. I used a firm like this in Boyds, MD when my basement flooded. But if you didn't do it right away, I'm afraid you'll have to tear it all off and fly over again, it looks terrible:(