Salvaging vinyl flooring

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Vinyl flooring needs a different approach when it comes to water damage restoration. (Photo Credits) ­ 

Flooded vinyl flooring can get damaged during a flooding incident. Whether the water comes from indoor flooding, or from flood waters from outside the home, it can be very destructive especially when floodwater has been standing for some time.

The North Dakota State University came up with a comprehensive guide on dealing with flooded flooring.

“In vinyl floors with wood subflooring, the floor covering should be removed so the subflooring can be replaced. With concrete floors, removal isn’t necessary except to hasten drying of the slab. Loose tiles may be replaced individually if the floor hasn’t been soaked. If water has seeped under sheet flooring, remove the entire sheet.”

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Dealing with water damage

Service Ratings Website Angie’s List has a guide on dealing with flooded flooring and when to consider having a flooded floor replaced.

Check for moisture bubbles that cause flooring to pop up from the subfloor. If there are any water or air pockets below the flooring, remove and replace the flooring once the subflooring is completely dry. With any flooring situation, be sure you are cleaning the remaining flooring or subflooring well with bleaching agents. Mold growth can cause major health problems; quick and thorough cleaning is the key to keeping mold at bay and your family healthy.”

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Moisture from water damage

SF Gate meanwhile published a guide in removing moisture underneath flooded vinyl flooring. Check over here

Vinyl flooring can either be glued to the subfloor or it can float on top of it, and either way, moisture underneath it causes problems. Moisture weakens glue bonds and causes the edges to lift and bubbles to form in the middle. It also deteriorates and softens the vinyl and promotes the growth of mold. If the subfloor is wood, moisture may be seeping up from the crawl space, and you may be able to dry out the floor from underneath. If the subfloor is concrete, however, you’ll probably have to uncover it to allow it to dry out.”

The step-by-step instructions can be found here.

As in any part or fixture in a home. It is important that water damage get acted on immediately so as to minimize the destruction and expenses.

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