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Water Damage Floors Create A Hidden Dilemma For Homeowners

Dec 9

Water damage can quickly lead to waterlogged floors. However, water damage isn't the only threat lurking beneath water-soaked floorboards.

The water, typically from a broken pipe or natural disaster, is constantly eating away at your floor's foundation. When water soaks underneath hardwood flooring, it wicks moisture out of support beams and joists until the wood dries out. Once this happens, soggy floorboards become swollen and uneven throughout your home. The warped boards no longer lay flat against each other or attach correctly to side walls or doorways. It may seem like you're left with little choice but to tear up water-damaged floors and start over. However, you do have another option: refinishing hardwood floors water damage.

Hidden Below In The Subfloor Moisture Can Lead To Floor Buckling Several Days After The Initial Discover

Refinishing water-damaged wood is best left to the professionals, who can not only restore your water-damaged flooring but prevent further water damage. Without refinishing waterlogged hardwood floors, you risk structural problems that not only affect the current flooring, but also any future flooring you plan to install over water-damaged wood.

If it soaks through more than one room of your home, there's a big chance mold has started to form inside walls and along exterior surfaces. And if mold grows unchecked for long enough, black stains will start to appear on ceiling beams or support posts. Not only does this leave your house looking unappealing, but it also leads to health issues such as water damage asthma, and water damage allergies.

So what should you do if water has soaked into hardwood floors in your home? The best way to keep water damage at bay  is to contact a water damage restoration expert immediately. This can be costly, but it's well worth the money for homeowners. However, there are other sources of water such as basement flooding or burst water pipes. If this is the case, get rid of standing water by shutting off any valves connected to burst or damaged pipe(s). Then use towels and mops to remove excess water from flooded flooring. Be sure not to spread water any more than necessary; this could make matters worse and lead to further water damage and mold growth. If everything looks alright, then start to remove any furniture from the flooded area and prop it up on blocks or heavy objects. This will help minimize water damage to the furniture. If water damage is already present, you may need to discard water-damaged furniture and belongings.

After all of these preliminary steps have been taken, it's time for restoration experts to come in and start drying out your home. They will use industrial-strength fans and dehumidifiers to extract any water that's still present in walls, floors, and ceilings. In extreme cases where water has infiltrated insulation, they may have to remove and replace this material.