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  #2448677 28-Mar-2020 11:31
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Re: extension, I would not consider it an essential, or the dishwasher to be one. I did try a bodge fix, but I think all of the movement has made it worse as it quickly began to flood. So this morning I have done the best I can to get the dishwasher plumbed directly into the mains, extension no longer a problem.


Lifting the flooring I have managed to get 1 piece up, but will now need to remove the dishwasher/fridge to get at the rest. The piece I have managed to get up looks like it is plastic backed with mdf? middle, I guess I will find out if/when I get the rest up but I would assume it will probably need to be binned. Unfortunately I cannot just lift and point a fan, as the only edge I can lift from is under the kitchen cabinets, and the only fan is trying to dry the flooring from the garage below.


My main concern is trying to limit mould and too much damage, as it could take weeks to get a builder in, even after the lock down. With the insurer only covering $3000 - excess, then I do not want a huge bill after that.

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  #2448682 28-Mar-2020 11:37
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I wonder if a dishwasher is considered 'essential', as people can always wash in a sink, and many don't have dishwashers. I recall they used a roof blowing off as an example of an essential repair.  But I guess if something is leaking,  and causing black mold inside the house, that wouldn't be safe for the occupant.



It does seem to have a somewhat wide meaning at the moment, but on the face of it a dishwasher not working is not something I would call essential for a home. MAYBE -MAYBE- for something like a retirement home, or medical facility, because they are known to be pretty much sterilizers compared to hand washing (though they'd likely have more than one and have actual sterilizers). I'd be more concerned about the damage and health risks as you've pointed out

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  #2448688 28-Mar-2020 11:53
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There will often be a 5mm or so layer of MDF to level out imperfections in the floor before the overlay goes down. MDF is like a sponge with water unfortunately. It sounds like you are doing everything you can to dry it out which is the best thing to do to limit the damage.

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