Dealing with Water Damaged Floors

September 19th, 2017

Due to the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey and Irma, we must all come together to help with recovery. It’s good to know that even though the effects from the storms will last a long time, not all flooding damage is irreversible. Here is a quick guide on how to address the issue of water damage.

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Subfloor materials to look at

When there is a flood, the water will go below the wood floor system. Subflooring systems in addition to wood flooring have to be looked at carefully.

  • Plywood- distortion or swelling can occur to floors when there is a high moisture level. It’s important to have moisture tests done to properly assess the moisture.
  • Oriented Strand Board- the oriented strand board can swell if it is exposed to water. It can create a decrease in density and can make the board weaker.
  • Concrete- concrete doesn’t usually get damaged when it’s exposed to water, but the adhesives or sealers will slow the drying of a concrete slab.
  • Drying- although heat or regular airflow can make the drying process faster, the subfloor should be within the adhesive manufacturer’s moisture level requirements before flooring is installed.

Recovering from a natural disaster can be a long process. With help from around the country and our industry, we can generate progress at a faster rate. Have any more questions regarding how to address water damage? Contact the flooring experts at Signature Hardwood Floors, Inc. by calling 410.415.0755 or click here today! You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn!

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