Water Damage Repair for Hardwood Floors
Hardwood flooring is the coveted type of flooring for many people. It has rich tones, is easy to clean, and brings a little bit of class to every room it is installed in. However, there are some things you need to be careful about when you get hardwood floors; you definitely don’t want to drop heavy items on it and cause denting and you also need to make sure you keep it away from moisture as much as possible. If you have had a spill, a flood, a pipe leak or burst in your home and you have hardwood flooring, you should look into getting a water damage repair specialist to work his or her magic.
Choice Of Flooring
Hardwood flooring is a very popular choice for a home, and if you have it in one room, many times you’ll want to carry it throughout the rest of the home. However, you may want to consider installing something a little more water-friendly in rooms like the kitchen, bathroom, and laundry rooms. If you don’t have regular spills, it may not be an issue for you, but if you have young children who regularly play in the sink, spill drinks, and splash in the bathtub, you might want to wait on the wood flooring to avoid needing water damage repair.
Hardwood flooring is one of the easiest flooring materials to maintain, and you can keep your floors looking almost brand new for years if you maintain them. The biggest tip is to avoid moisture at all costs. If you spill any kind of liquid, clean it immediately. Don’t allow water to sit in a puddle and air dry. If water gets caught underneath the flooring it can grow mold and mildew that will spread and cause respiratory problems when the spores get in the air. Moisture under the boards can also cause bowing, which is a very expensive fix if you need to replace the boards. Even if you get away without mold growth or bowing under the boards, you could have water staining on your flooring if the liquid has been on the board for an extended amount of time. This can only be fixed by sanding the floor down and retaining it. Just to avoid any of these issues, clean up your spills as quickly as possible.
Sometimes spills, leaks, or bursts happen when you aren’t home and so you can’t always clean the area quickly. In these cases, your best bet is to call a water damage repair professional to clean the damaged area. They will:
- Remove all standing water with a water vacuum
- Install dehumidifiers and run fans
- Dry the subfloor if there is a level below where they can access it
- Check for signs of mold and mildew and use moisture finding technology
Hardwood flooring can be challenging to get all the moisture out, and professionals have the tools to make sure everything has been cleaned up. In St. George, Utah, you can rely on the professional team at Ally 1 Disaster Solutions!