Water Damage – How to Deal with Wood Floors

Jim Bauer Insurance Restoration

Water Damage and Wood Floors –
Is this Similar to Mixing Oil & Water?

How do You Deal with Wood Floors in a Water Damage Emergency?

The extent and impact of water damage on every project must be taken on an individualized case-by-case basis. Wood floors are a very popular finish used in today’s homes, but are highly susceptible to water damage. Increasingly, we note that designers and homeowners are broadening their use of wood floors in wet areas such as Kitchens and Baths; both are areas where water damage is more likely to happen in a home.

Basically all Wood Floors Fit Into Three Broad Categories:

  1. Laminate Floors – laminates or the “pergo-style” floors. These are usually called floating floors because they are not normally secured to the underlayment or structure at all. This type of floor has a prefinished wood look and might have a thin pad underneath. Many times this pad may be wet and water damaged. There is really no way to effectively dry through that flooring material without removing it first.
  2. Engineered Wood Floors – these types of floors include “engineered” wood that in some ways might resemble a piece of plywood when viewing it from the side. Manufactured under extremely high pressure, these products also normally come prefinshed and are glued to the underlayment which would either be concrete or another sheet of plywood decking.
  3. Solid Wood Floors – this is the traditional wood floor. This flooring is manufactured as tongue and groove pieces that are joined together (normally blind-nailed to each other) and are fastened to an underlayment plywood deck or sometimes even directly to floor joists. They can also be installed over a concrete slab by first adhering wood “sleepers” to the top of the slab.

How the Wood Floor was Originally Built Makes a Big Difference

What most people don’t usually realize is that below any wood floor, you potentially have two other layers of building material that will almost always be wet and damaged by the water as well. In addition, there may also be vapor barriers (possibly as many as 2) installed to keep your wood floor dry protect it from moisture than can possibly “wick up”, causing water damage from the ground below. There may be one on top of the concrete, and possibly another between the wood flooring and wood underlayment below.

Professional Restoration Contractor

When it comes to water damage and wood floors, the common theme is that if we are called quickly, and if we are able to extract water efficiently and quickly, then it certainly minimizes the amount of the damage. Once the majority of the water is extracted, we will immediately get heaters, dehumidifiers and high-capacity air movers set up. Sometimes, we will also install special injection mat systems or even a “tent” over the affected areas to maximize our drying efforts.

These measures will provide the possibility of saving the wood floor. Unfortunately in many cases, when a wood floor gets wet, the hidden water damage to the pad and/or the underlayment below will require the wood floor to be removed to allow a complete drying process there as well.

Don’t Take Mold and Mildew Lightly

Remember that if everything is not properly dried the possibility of additional hazardous water damage from growing mold or mildew under a wood floor can be real.

An experienced professional restoration company ensures its clients that they receive the best techniques to recover from water damage; all the best equipment from low-grade refrigerant dehumidifiers to high-capacity air movers, heated injection drying units, and additional units that will heat the entire affected room environment.

Timely and Appropriate Action

The restoration company and the customer must share the motivation to attempt to dry a property as quickly and as efficiently as possible. Sometimes its possible to get in and get a property dry in as little as 48 hours.

However there are other instances where the water damage is so deeply bound and has thoroughly saturated in the building materials. These situations can take 10 days or more. Each situation and the surrounding circumstances can be so individualized and specific to each project.

Professional Water Damage Restoration Contractors

PuroClean Restoration Services in Frisco TX is the experienced professional water damage restoration contractor that a stressed-out homeowner should call first when disaster strikes their home. PuroClean has all the equipment and trained personnel needed from emergency cleanup and water removal to having your home completely dried out…restored and back like it was.

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Make an appointment before you need help. Be informed and get to know and trust your restoration contractors like PuroClean Restoration before you need professionals for water damage restoration.

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