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oaksuite

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Last year I rented out my new condo with hardwood floor. I just went to inspect the place yesterday and the tenant showed me the plank below and claimed that "it was a defective plank from the beginning".
There was absolutely no defective plank when he moved in as it was brand new. He got a dog some time last summer so I suspect the damage is from dog urine that wasn't cleaned up right away.
I don't know much about hardwood. Can you tell from the image and determine that it was caused water damage? and not a defective material.
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Looks like that defect also flowed into the seam on the right. The dude is blowing smoke up your tailpipe.
 

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If you have any planks left over you could take a razor blade or a sharp chisel to see how easily the product's finish will delaminate or come loose on the edges. If the finish wasn't applied very well, water damage or urine would more easily allow it to separate or flake like that around the edges.
Is the wood installed over concrete or a wood floor? Is that the only place that has damage like that?
I still agree with Havasu. I'm sure it can be tested for urine but I wouldn't have a clue how to do that. Probably a pH test.
 

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Looks like that defect also flowed into the seam on the right. The dude is blowing smoke up your tailpipe.
Unless that's a reflection from camera flash or other light.

Looking at where the finish is peeling, it stops perfectly at the edge of the board. Adjacent boards do not appear to be affected.

IF, and I say IF, this is a factory finished product it would be consistent with a contamination prior to the finish being applied. Sometimes a liquid wax or lubricants are used on the bed of the molding machine to help the boards travel through. Not all lubricants evaporate completely, leaving a contamination that affects the bond of the finish.

If Havasu is correct about the adjacent butt joint, all info above would not apply.

EDIT: Another look at the picture and the stain does not appear to be affected. This is consistent with the stain not being dry before the finish is applied. A flake of the finish under a microscope could show hints of stain on the finish.
 
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