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Old 07-08-2015, 05:55 AM
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Come back from a two week vacation to the condo and find this. It is no where near a window or door, but is on the opposite side of a sink. Its where the kitchen opens into the living room. Anybody know? It doesn't wipe away or scrub away. It also doesn't feel moist or damp/rotten. Also what would it take to fix or should I be hailing the landlord?
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I would be opening that wall up now. I can only imagine that is coming from a leak in the wall. It won't wipe away because it is most likely the wood absorbing the water (the ends of the wood under the base won't be finished) and that is turning it black. It most likely won't feel wet either, but to me is a sign of a problem you want to catch now.
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That's baseboard not crown, but it appears there might some moisture staining on the wood floor (assuming that's what you are referring too) - perhaps coming from a leaking sink drain/disposal?. Check under the sink cabinet up against the cabinet's back wall for moisture.
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Hmmmm could I sand it and re stain it then? Makes sense if the wood absorbed the moisture.
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Definitly looks like moisture getting to the wood through the wall. I'd have a look a what's behind that wall before an expensive problem starts. A good plumbing company can drill a small hole in the wall and run a fiber optic camera back there to determine nature of problem before making a huge hole to start
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Hmmmm could I sand it and re stain it then? Makes sense if the wood absorbed the moisture.
If the floor in poly coated, sanding and staining just a spot might not turn out so well - that's why I don't like poly. It might actually be more notable if you do. It really does not look that offensive, after it dries it might look better.

First, find the source of the moisture or that stain may grow and ultimately damage the floor requiring replacement - think buckling. Fix that, then get a blower or fan on your floor to see if you can dry it out.
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water wicking into the end grain...
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By your description of the baseboard as "crown molding", please do yourself a favor and call someone to take a look at what's going on behind the wall. The floor is soaking up water from some source. That source needs to be found and eliminated.

* disposal
* pipe
* water from exterior wall leak
* pipe leak from second story
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Landlord? Did you mention landlord? Call that guy. Could it also be old damage you didn't realize was there before?
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Hail the landlord.
Send him pics so you have proof if they don't take action and it gets worse.
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They sell moister detectors, you touch it to the area and it reads the level of moister in the object. You can pick one up at HD.
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Yes, absolutely call the landlord.
It is from water, because when oak gets wet, it turns black. Since there's a sink on the other side of that wall, it's fair to "assume" that it's coming from it's plumbing.
And yes, call the landlord! I had a tenant that didn't think a leak was important enough to tell me about........for about 9 months!
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Is this a one or two story house?
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Is this a one or two story house?
Second story condo. Guess I'll give the guy a call. Sucks haven't had to contact him at all since signing my lease.
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That's baseboard not crown, but it appears there might some moisture staining on the wood floor (assuming that's what you are referring too) - perhaps coming from a leaking sink drain/disposal?. Check under the sink cabinet up against the cabinet's back wall for moisture.
Exactly...water from somewhere....not necessarily mold but there is a good possibility there is/will be mold under the flooring or in that wall! Red oak, which looks to be the flooring species, will turn black when subjected to water.
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water stain due to intrusion thru the end grain. Is it solid hardwood or engineered?

I would pull the base. There should be a gap between the wood and the wall to allow for expansion. You can apply some mild heat and air movement. It may reverse some of the discoloration.
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Go to Home Depot and buy a cheap moisture meter.
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Update:
So it is a lot worse than I feared. I was running the dishwasher and went under the sink to grab some cleaning supplies and realized the garbage disposal is slowly dripping water from the reset button? I tried using my little garbage disposal fixer wrench and it just increased to a steady stream. I turned off the sink and dishwasher but fear it is a lot worse. A coworker thinks its a leak in a pipe in the wall. I left a voicemail and sent an email to my landlord. At what point does this become critical?
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Huh? The garbage disposal is leaking and someone thinks there is a leak in the wall?

Sounds like you need a new garbage disposal.
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It becomes critical when

1) black mold starts to grow
2) you are standing in water/sewage
3) you slip and fall on the water on the floor
4) It starts to smell
5) i am sure there are more.
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