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Repair Water Damaged Hardwood Floors

If you have hardwood floors, chances are, you probably love the ease of cleaning, durability, and aesthetic appeal brought into your home. Although hardwood floors are one of the most popular materials in today’s construction, there can be major pitfalls. One major drawback is water damage to hardwood flooring. Become familiar with the warning signs of water damaged hardwood floors and learn how to take preventative steps. If your floors become damaged, it’s also wise to know when to take basic repair steps and when to call a professional.

The Basicswater cleanup during

Treat any water or spills on your floor like poison! Nothing will ruin hardwood flooring faster than water sitting right on top of exposed wood. When you see any signs of moisture, grab a clean, dry cloth and thoroughly dry the area. Be sure to clean between the floorboards to prevent water from seeping down under the flooring, which causes distortion over time.

Know how to Clean

Most hardwood floors can be cleaned with a quick sweep and mop. However, don’t saturate your flooring with water. Use minimal water to prevent water damage. When cleaning, scrub with the grain and be sure to dry the floor when finished.

Install a Humidistat

This step is more geared to a long-term solution. Any home that is at least 50% hardwood flooring should have a humidistat. Humidistats connect to your HVAC system to provide up-to-date humidity levels in your home. This can help you monitor any extreme conditions and help keep your wood flooring free of water damage. Most wood flooring needs to be 30%-50% humidity for optimal conditions.

Repairing Water Damaged Floorboards

If your floorboards have sustained minor or severe water damage, don’t worry! There are several steps to take to ensure the integrity of your flooring isn’t compromised.

  1. Remove any moisture in the floor (including the sub floor). The sub floor, although hard to reach, can be partially dried with large fans and dehumidifiers.
  2. If your water damage is above another level in the house, place large fans pointing upwards towards the affected area.
  3. If you’re able to, carefully remove a few floorboards to allow the air to circulate around each floorboard.
  4. After the boards are in a flat position, you can fill gaps and refinish as necessary. Sanders can be rented from most major home suppliers, but be careful! Sanders are hard to handle and can end up dragging you across your own kitchen. If you haven’t had experience, it’s wise to call a professional in Atlanta to remediate the water damage.

When to Call a Professional

Although basic spills and leaks can often be fixed with a few fans and dry towels, hardwood floor damage can extend into the subfloor and wreak havoc. To prevent weeks and months of damaged flooring here’s when it’s highly recommended, and even necessary, to call a professional to repair the damage.

  1. You’ve done all you know how to do. If you’ve exhausted nearly every option, it’s time to let the professionals in. Dealing with water damage is no easy task!
  2. The floorboards remain buckled. Straightening floorboards require heavy-duty fans, experienced personnel, and extensive knowledge. Persistent wrinkled flooring is a sure sign that calling a professional is the next step to prevent months and years of warped flooring.
  3. Extensive damage has occurred. If your house has been flooded by any means (natural disaster, dishwasher, washing machine, etc.) the damage is likely too much to handle on your own.

Water damaged floorboards are stubborn to fix. However, Georgia Interior in Atlanta has the equipment, technicians, and knowledge to remediate your hardwood floor. If you have any questions about water damage repair for hardwood flooring, contact us today!

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