How Water Damage Affects Flooring

STOP Restoration of Albuquerque, NM knows that moisture affects every surface in your home differently. Just mopping up after you experience a leak or water backup may not always get the job done and prevent water damage from further affecting your home.

Hardwood Flooring

When it comes to hardwood flooring, special attention needs to be paid to make sure that the wooden planks are dried all the way through. When hardwood gets wet, water will soak into the unsealed edges of the boards and cause them to swell. This can create a crowing or cupping effect. Crowning is identified by the center of a board being higher than its edges and cupping is identified by the edges of a plank being higher than its center. You can feel this damage with your feet and visibly see the ridges along the edges of the boards. In extreme cases, boards may even pop up from your floor. Some types of water damage require removal of the hardwood planks, but a quick response can ensure an easier restoration process.


If carpet soaks up moisture, action needs to be taken immediately because a buildup of moisture will not only affect your carpet, it will leak down into your carpet’s padding. Heightened care needs to be taken with carpet and padding because of its porous nature and high susceptibility to mold development. Some cases may require removal of carpet and padding to ensure that everything is dried out all the way through.

How STOP Restoration Can Help

If your home happens to suffer from any type of water damage, the STOP Restoration of Albuquerque, NM is skilled in water damage restoration and knows how to expertly handle situations regarding both carpet and hardwood flooring. We have specialized equipment and techniques to dry the surfaces of your home in the most thorough and efficient ways possible. It is very important that you contact us at the first sign of any water damage so we can save your home from mold development. We are available 24/7 for emergency service and can be reached at (505) 892-3112