When water damage hits the flooring
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Water-damaged flooring can be very stressful. In fact it could even be problematic once the damage spreads.
So how should a homeowner deal with water damage?
DoItYourself.com says the first step to take is to remove all the standing water in the area.
“Start out by removing any excess water on the floor. Until you thoroughly dry the area, you will not be able to properly make any repairs. Use the wet vacuum to remove the water. You should also place fans in the water damaged area. Doing so will help dry the water much more quickly. Another good idea is to leave dehumidifiers in the room for a few days. Laminate and hardwood floors will sometimes be back to normal once they are dry. However, many times more work will be required.”
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Damaged wood flooring
Wood Floor Doctor also recommends that the flooded flooring should be fully dried before starting the whole repair procedure. 24Hr Water Damage Restoration San Diego More info here
“The easiest way to dry out the top of the floor is to buy or rent large fans and point them down to the floor. Keep the AC on if you have it, but open windows next to the floor area about 2 inches. The excess moisture has to go somewhere, even with air conditioning. Now more importantly, below the floor in the basement (you didn’t say it you have a crawl space or full basement), you also need to have large industrial fans pointed up to where the water has come through. If you happen to have a finished ceiling below the floor, you might also consider cutting a neat (and repairable) square in the drywall. This is so the fans can better dry the under side of the subfloor. It would help if a few holes were drilled up into the subfloor where the leak began, to make sure a puddle of water is not sitting between the floors.”
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Service Ratings Website Angie’s list however emphasized that such repairs are best handled by professionals.
“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. However, if just the laminate is damaged, and the floor beneath remains in good shape and no asbestos will be disturbed, you might want to remove the laminate yourself. Laminate flooring comprises interlocked pieces, so it’s fairly easy to lift and remove planks. Flooring pros say you could probably remove about 300 square feet of laminate in two to three hours. Bear in mind that you may be required to pay to dispose of it at a local trash dump.”
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Hiring a trusted and licensed water damage contractor is the best way to go in dealing with water-damaged flooring.