What to Do When Water Damages Your Wood Flooring?

water damaged wood floorOften homeowners skimp on repairs and maintenance, and then complain about that burst pipe or blocked drainage.

If you have wood flooring in your house, then you need to be extra attention to your plumbing system. A small leak in the pipes can wreak havoc on the entire floor and it will be too late before you start noticing the damage. In cases such as this, it’s important to call for a professional immediately and in the mean time, do some damage control on your own.

Leaks from toilets, sinks and water appliances such as washing machine, refrigerator, water heater pipeline and dish washer are the most common problems that homeowners face. No matter what the cause, you need to spring into action and take precaution to not just save your wood flooring but also the furniture to stop the moisture from settling in and promoting bacterial growth.

How to Recognize the Water Damage?

The problem with water damage on wood flooring is that it builds over time. You might not notice the change at first but after a few weeks the stains will start appearing on the surface. This usually indicates that part of the floor has been damaged beyond repair.

The first sign of the damage is individual planks cupping, planks crowning and a hump in few of the planks. With time, the board’s edge will start turning up and whole planks will buckle. The stains mentioned above are a result of mould and tannins in the floor are due to the prolonged reaction with water minerals.

So, now that you know what damage water can cause to your wood flooring, let’s talk about what you need to do. The first sign of water damage is the stains. Identify the leak near the appliances and areas mentioned above and turn off their water supply. If you know which appliance is causing a problem but the ductwork goes through the walls, then the best thing to do is to shut down the main water supply.

Then, follow the below steps:

Step #1

Clear the Area

Remove all the items from the area where you can spot the water damage. To make sure that no bacteria grow inside the furniture or rug, place them under direct sunlight. The first thing that should be removed immediately is the carpet, as it allows the moisture to slowly seep into the wood floors.

Step #2

Use a Disinfectant

Wipe the area with towels to remove the extra moisture and then spray disinfectant on the floor. Reduce foot traffic in the area and the floor will dry faster.

Step #3

Turn on the Fan

Do not open the windows or dirt will settle in between the boards. Instead turn on the fan and wait for the floor to dry further.

Step #4

Remove a Few Boards

If the planks start to buckle then remove a few boards from the area that was wetter than other areas. This will relieve the stress and provide ventilation for the floor underneath.

So, there you go… four easy steps to tackle water damage in case a pipe bursts or water appliance malfunctions. STOP Restoration is a cleaning and restoration service that provides all sorts of repairs. Their technicians are expert at extracting and drying areas that have been damaged by water.