Time is key in water-related property damage. If you don’t address moisture promptly, floors are more at risk of permanent water damage or mold growth. Because of its porosity, hardwood flooring absorbs moisture faster than other floors. The type of hardwood flooring and wood used for water damage repairs will determine the success rate.
A professional disaster restoration company is recommended for hardwood floor water damage restoration. These professionals have the expertise and knowledge to dry hardwood floors quickly. These tips will help you to fix hardwood floor water damage.
How to fix hardwood floor water damage
- Protective gear like gloves, rubber boots and a mask are recommended.
- If the flooding is caused by a burst pipe or a washing machine failure, stop the water flow.
- Turn off the power supply to the affected area until you have removed all water.
- Before you start the restoration, assess the damage to determine if it is worth replacing or cleaning up. Photographs are important. You should also list any damaged items and give them to your insurance company.
- Take any furniture or carpet off the floor. Take any items (carpet, furniture, etc.) off the floor and place them in a dry area.
- To let moisture evaporate faster, open windows and doors.
- You can begin to remove the water using a dry vacuum cleaner, mops or an old cloth. To drain the water, you can use a pump if the water is very deep. You can ask someone for help to speed up the process and prevent further damage.
- To speed up drying, use heaters, fans, and dehumidifiers. Place the fans on top of the flooded surface and close the windows. The fans should be directed towards the floor.
- Use a non-abrasive brush to remove any mud and debris from the floor. Make sure the fans, heaters, and dehumidifiers remain on. Continue to dry the floor by rinsing it with clean water.
If you have a hardwood floor that has been flooded, it is important to act fast to prevent permanent damage and mould growth.
How professionals can restore hardwood floor water damage
Choosing the right flooring type and how to install it
When repairing hardwood floor water damage, it is important to inspect the area. There are many species of hardwood flooring, including maple, oak, maple, cherry, and maple. Flooring is becoming more diverse. Each type presents different drying challenges due to its moisture absorption.
You can also find flooring that looks like wood, but is not. These floors may have a laminate surface and a substructure of particle board. Drying these floors is almost impossible if moisture seeps under them. These floors are difficult to dry due to moisture trapped beneath the laminate which acts as a barrier.
The initial installation of hardwood flooring will be assessed by professionals. The original installation can be done in one of three ways: glued, nailed or floating.
- Nails that have been exposed to water may begin to lift if they are on nailed floors.
- The glue may be released if the floor is glued to the substrate.
- A floating floor may not be made from real wood, but may instead be made of laminated materials. After absorbing moisture, tongue and groove hardwood flooring can “cup”.
Drying hardwood floors (patience is key).
After the technician has determined the type of wood floor and the installation method, drying can start. Technicians can remove moisture from the floor by using subsurface and/or surface drying methods. For faster drying, it may be necessary to access the floor below.
It takes time to dry hardwood floors. Sometimes it takes seven to ten days for the floor’s water to evaporate enough to stop the forced drying process. It is costly to remove all water absorbed from the floor. Nature must help with this process.
The hardwood will dry until its moisture level reaches four percent of the floor’s dry standards. Nature will then remove any remaining water slowly, but it can take anywhere from three to six weeks. This is a crucial step in ensuring a job well done.
Restoring the finish
Even if the hardwood floor has been dried , it is possible to cause damage to the flooring finish. The evaporation process may be impeded by finishes such as waxes or polyurethane. To remove moisture, they may need to be removed during drying.
The finish can crack or check if the hardwood floor is slightly sloping. This could be due to movement of the wood product. This is normal during drying. The floor can be refinished once it is dry completely.
Here’s how to fix hardwood floor water damage.
- Drain any excess water.
- Document the damage.
- Clear away the flood area
- Use air blowers and dehumidifiers to clean the dirt from the floor.
- If the floor is showing signs of crowning or cupping at the end, contact a hardwood flooring contractor to restore its original shape.
- You can also call a professional restoration firm to handle all the hard work.