With the fall season in full effect, we’ve been getting a lot of rain here in Maryland. This leads to many floors getting water damaged. Water damaged wood floors are a first for many people, which is bound to give rise to questions as well as misconceptions about fixing the damage.
In many cases, we can just fix the damage
When you see your wood floors covered in water, it’s easy to assume the worst. And it is true that there are some cases where the floor is just not salvageable, but there are cases where it is possible to fix them. It’s a time consuming process, and involves a lot of waiting for the wood to dry out when sanding and refinishing. But rest assured that water damage likely isn’t the end of your wood floors.
Why do I have to wait until the wood is dry?
You have to wait until the wood is dry because the excess moisture has caused the wood to swell. If sanding and refinishing happened before the wood was dry, the wood will continue to shrink back to its normal size, and will mess up all the work that was done.
How do I know when the wood is dry?
A wood floor contractor uses an electronic moisture meter to measure the moisture content of dry wood. The contractor will measure the moisture content of the damaged floor and will wait until it reaches equilibrium moisture content (EMC) before they start repair work.
What should I do in the immediate aftermath?
The first thing to do is start the drying process. This involves buying/renting large fans and pointing them down at the floor and keeping them on continuously. Turn on the air conditioning too, as this will also help dehumidify the air in your home, which will draw water out of the wood. It’s also a good idea to point fans up at the floor from the basement or crawl space below, if possible. Ventilate the basement as well, and use a dehumidifier to remove excess moisture from the air.
Should I worry about mold?
Mold is certainly a concern in this situation. If you do the drying process right, then you can minimize the risk of mold becoming an issue. Depending on the extent of the damage, your insurance company might want you to remove the entire floor and replace it with a new one.
Should I hire a wood floor contractor to repair my wood damaged floor?
Absolutely! Signature Hardwood Floors is a professional wood floor contractor who can help you repair your wood floors. Contact our hardwood flooring experts for any questions, and a FREE ESTIMATE. You can call us at 410.415.0755or click here today! You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn!