Cause: Flooring absorbing excessive moisture on underside, causing expansion with raised edges. / Not leaving enough expansion space around perimeter. / Flooring has nowhere to go but up. / Cupping is very common in newly built homes. / Develops gradually and cause boards to crack and split. / Finishing the ceiling in basement traps moisture, which is absorbed by hardwood floor; prolonging the time flooring will remain cupped.
Cure: Run a commercial dehumidifier in the basement with fans blowing air towards it. It is very important to place the dehumidifier in the basement, as it will pull the moisture down from the sub-floor, minimizing the long-term damage (cracks, splits). If the dehumidifier is placed upstairs, the sub-floor moisture will be drawn through the hardwood, causing cracks and splits.