Dealing with flood-damaged floors
Flood-damaged floors need to be repaired soon. (Photo Credits)
When flooding hits a home, it will for sure hit and damage the home’s flooring system. Homeowners should be quick in dealing with this issue so that the damage and the expenses can be toned down.
The response to this issue basically depends on the type of flooring the home has.
Service Ratings Website Angie’s List recommends that for laminate flooring, professional help should be sought for most cases.
“Not only can the moisture damage the subfloor itself, mold could develop within 24 hours. That’s why it’s important to quickly remove sodden laminate, and provide good ventilation for about a week so the subfloor can fully dry. Reasons a pro should remove laminate: If the subfloor is damaged, very old or might contain asbestos, you’d be wise to hire a professional who knows how to properly remove and dispose it.”
Read the rest of Angie’s List’s advice here.
For wood flooring, the same initial response in needed – fully dry the flooring before attempting to repair. Wood Floor Doctor published a comprehensive guide on dealing with a flooded wooden flooring.
“You can expect the wood to continue to swell, and if it gets to a point where you simply cannot walk across it, you should then relieve the stress by removing about 2 boards all the way across the middle of the kitchen. It’s a good idea to do this anyway because this will allow more ventilation of the subfloor.”
Check out the rest of the guide here.
When molds have set in
The Spruce meantime shared some tips on how to deal with wooden flooring that may have already been affected with molds. San Diego, CA
“Scrub with the water/TSP solution until mold and mildew are removed, then rinse with clear water and allow to dry. It helps the “healing process” if you can remove any pooled-up water from your cleaning efforts as soon as possible, rather than waiting for evaporation. A rubber push squeegee or Shop-Vac will do the trick.”
The continuation of this article can be found here.
When unsure of how to deal with a flooded flooring, get in touch with a flood damage contractor that is both licensed and well-trusted in the community.