Wooden Floors and Indoor Flooding

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Wooden flooring that has been flooded should be cleaned immediately. (Photo Credits)

Wooden floors may be more vulnerable to destruction during a flooding incident compared to its marbled or tiled counterparts because it can somehow absorb a degree of flood water.

The water it has absorbed can pave the way for damage, and to avoid this, immediate action on the part of homeowner is warranted. Check over here       

The Spruce says acting as quickly as possible is the key to salvaging wood floorings.

“As soon as you can attend to your wet floors, the better. Wood’s cellulose fibers rapidly soak up water but only slowly releases that water. So, you want to start pulling off the water with your shop vacuum fast. Even if you believe your wood floors are so well-finished that water cannot penetrate the raw wood, think again. Wood floors have many infiltration points besides the top layer–between seams, through breaks in the coating, under baseboards, through heating registers, and a host of other areas. The secret to preventing mold and mildew growth is the same as with carpeting: eliminate the dirt. It’s not just water that causes mold and mildew; it’s the combination of water and dirt.”

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Do not make it wait

Woodmonsters.com also emphasized that wooden floors that have been subjected to flooding should be restored right away.

“The longer the water has sat on the hardwood flooring, the more extensive the damage will likely be. The wood species you have will also play a factor in this. Harder species will absorb water at a much slower rate compared to softer hardwood. More porous or loose grained woods will absorb water and contaminants faster than tight grained or less porous woods will.”

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More tips in salvaging wooden floors

Floodsafety.com also came up with a comprehensive guide on dealing with flooding on wooden home flooring.

“Wooden floors should be dried gradually. Sudden drying could cause cracking or splitting. Some restoration companies can accelerate drying time by forcing air through the fluted underside of hardwood floorboards. Remove hardwood floor boards to prevent buckling. Remove a board every few feet to reduce buckling caused by swelling. Clean and dry wood before attempting repairs.”

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As in any home fixture, wooden floorings should immediately be cleaned and dried following an indoor flooding so that it can still be properly restored, and damage will not occur.

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