What to do with vinyl flooring after a flood?

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Water and flood damage usually cause significant impact on a structure’s flooring. In view of this, it is important that homeowners know how to deal with flooding, and undertake actions that can help mitigate the negative impact of the water damage that has occurred.

Homeguides SF Gate shared how vinyl flooring reacts to flood waters, and what homeowners should do.

“One advantage to vinyl flooring is its ability to resist water saturation, but this is when exposure time is limited. Extended exposure to water causes vinyl flooring materials to warp and curl at the edges. Remove damaged vinyl tile squares to assess damage to the sub-floor. An oscillating tool with a rigid scraper blade accessory easily removes old vinyl flooring. If you have one sheet of vinyl flooring, it is best to remove the whole piece of flooring from the area. Remove saturated sub-flooring to inspect floor joists for structural damage. Dry sub-flooring that is not wet all the way through with fans and a dehumidifier. Have a professional replace structural materials.”

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Salvage or discard?

The website All Things Flooring meantime gave advice on what to do with flooded vinyl flooring.

“Carpet, vinyl and tiled flooring will be seriously damaged and should be removed, disposed of and replaced. Carpet in particular holds large amounts of water and gives bacteria a place to breed. Once the floor is opened back to the concrete slab, this surface will need to be cleaned, disinfected and treated to ensure moisture is minimized and bacteria is killed before installing any new polymer flooring material.”

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Moving Forward

Floor Central also came up with a comprehensive article aimed at helping homeowners deal with flooding in relation to the flooring material they installed in their respective homes. In that guide, they also mentioned what homeowners should do moving forward, to help avoid trouble on their flooring.

“Your best protection against water damaged vinyl flooring is to follow the manufacturer’s installation standards. Resilient flooring manufacturers require that moisture testing be performed on concrete substrates prior to installation. The following are the recommendations of the Resilient Floor Covering Institute and they will be similar to that of the flooring manufacturer. For your own protection follow the manufacturer’s requirements.”

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Damaged flooring can indeed be very problematic during times of flooding. It is important to know how to deal when such thing occurs.