Flooring further beautifies our home. It is also responsible for increasing the value of the home. We spend large amount of money, effort and time to choose, buy and install a particular flooring material from the wide variety of options available in the market. Our prized possession can be damaged if we do not take proper care of these flooring materials.
Water is one of the main damaging causes of the floor. All types of flooring can be damaged by water. Water gets on floor from various sources like refrigerator leakage, dishwashers, faucets, burst pipes and many more. In fact, any incident involving water would most likely affect the floor as water flows downward to the lowest surface.
It is easy to identify water damaged floor. The flooring gets discolored, wet, stained or spongy with water. One should unravel the covering materials on the floor no sooner the floor gets in contact with water. This is because wood rot and other damages actually happen underneath the carpet or other covering. Different types of floors have different signs of water damage and some of them are:
Hardwood floors will have dips and upturning edges of the planks which in industrial language is termed as cupping. Dark spots may be natural patterns of the wood but sometimes it may be a cause of mold and mildew. Floor planks bulge upward creating a crown shape. If the wood is rotten beneath, the floor may be pressed down when you step on it. Rotten wood is spongy than hardwood and does not echo well if knocked.
Normally, laminate floors are water resistant but in long term there may be swelling at the plank edges. This happens due to moisture seeping into flooring. Planks are cupped. Mould and mildew is responsible for the discoloration of the floor.
Carpet floors have discoloration and strong odor due to mold and mildew.
Tiles show sign of stains and discoloration due to water damage and seeping of water through grout. If by chance a coin fell out and it makes a hollow sound, then it means tiles are loose.
Linoleum floors show signs of discolorations and stains caused by the water damage.
Water damaged flooring is troublesome to repair, especially if the damage is extensive. The carpet must be torn up and if carpet is discolored or mildewed, it must be replaced. The affected spots must be removed and new wood or planks should be fixed.
For any kind of water damaged floor repairing, thorough dry is must. It is the first step of maintenance process. You can use wet vacuums, fans and dehumidifiers in the rooms for some hours. In some cases, simply drying out the area will fix the damage and no further repairs are necessary. No repair should take place until the area is completely dry. There are companies that specialize in drying and repairing of water damaged floor. Besides floor repairing, a professional is good at sanitizing and deodorizing the floor which will surely prevent mold, mildew and odor.