Restoring Your Floors after Water Damage

Restoring Your Floors after Water Damage

water damage restorationAny time your home encounters water damage, whether it’s from a natural disaster, leaky pipe, or other cause, the floor is bound to get wet. Even if the water damage is minimal and rest of the home manages to stay free from moisture, it’s important to make sure that your floors are properly cleaned and restored. Leaving your floors to air dry is an invitation for mold that can have damaging effects.
 
 

Restoring Carpeted Floors

Restoring carpeted floors may require different steps depending on the amount of time that the water sets in the carpet and the amount of water that saturates the carpet. If the carpets become completely saturated and set for a long period of time, it might be best to pull up the carpet and padding and replace it.

If the water is removed quickly, it may be possible to salvage the carpet. The padding should generally be replaced any time it soaks up moisture, but it may be possible to save the carpet by vacuuming the water out with a wet vacuum and using high powered fans to dry it out completely. After drying the carpet, it should cleaned thoroughly – and replaced if there are any signs of mold.

Restoring Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring stands up well to a small spill, but not to any amount of flooding. After water damage has occurred, it’s usually best to simply replace the laminate flooring than to try to repair it. Underlayment should also be removed and replaced to prevent mold growth. Laminate flooring is not only a breeding ground for mold when wet, it will also warp and change in appearance.

Restoring Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood flooring can be painful to remove and replace because of the cost that generally goes into installing the flooring in the first place. However, it can be tough to tell whether hardwood floors can be salvaged. In some cases, moisture can seep below hardwood floors in as little as 24 hours and cause unseen mold to grow.

It’s important to completely dry both hardwood and the sub-floor after water damage has occurred. It can be difficult to do so without special equipment and it can be tough to tell whether the floor has been completely dried after clean-up. For best results, it’s recommended to call in floor restoration specialists to help you clean and salvage your hardwood floors.

Restoring Tile Floors

Ceramic tile floors generally stand up the best to water damage. If the floors are properly installed, the water usually can’t seep through to the sub-floor. To determine whether this is the case, it may be prudent to remove a tile or two and inspect the subfloor. Alternatively, floor restoration professionals may be able to check the sub-floor without removing any tiles.

If water has damaged your home, calling floor restoration professionals may help you to save your flooring and money while protecting your family from harmful mold.

Cleaning Up Your Home after a Flood

Home Flood DamageFlooding can be devastating and can cause a lot of damage to a home. Whether flooding is caused by storms, ground water problems, or a broken pipe, it is important to clean and restore the home as quickly as possible after the flood in order to minimize mold damage and make the home safe for inhabitants. If your home has been flooded, take the following actions.

Turn Off Electricity and Water

Turning off the home’s main power supply can protect you and anyone else that will be entering the home. Turning off the water may prevent any further water damage from occurring, especially if the issue began with the home’s plumbing. If it is suspected that there may have been damage to the electrical lines, water lines, or any other utilities, contact the utility companies before entering the home to prevent injury.

Remove Items and Appliances

After the home is safe to enter, removing items and appliances that have not been touched by flood waters can help to minimize the amount of cleaning and restoration needed. Preventing items from getting wet or damaged will mitigate the costs associated with repairs and replacements. These items should be stored in a safe, dry place until the home has been completely cleaned.

Take the Water Out

As long as water is standing in a home, it is increasing the risks for mold and structural damage. Using a wet vacuum, buckets, mops, and towels to remove the water may take time, but must be done to begin restoring the home. If flooding is severe, renting a sump pump may help you to get the water out.

Dry the Area

After water has been removed, the area that was flooded still needs to be dried completely. Fans and a dehumidifier can help to dry the floors. Carpet and other types of flooring may need to be replaced if they have been saturated or damaged, as there may still be a mold risk. If drywall has been saturated by water, it may need to be cut away and replaced, as the integrity of the structure will be compromised and the paper backing will likely grow mold.

Disinfect the Flooded Area

Disinfecting the area is necessary to ensure the safety of home inhabitants. Cleaning with bleach will help to kill bacteria that may have spread from sewers or flood waters. Walls, floors, furnishings, and anything else that may have been touched by flood waters should all be disinfected.

Call a Restoration Service

A restoration service can help with salvaging items that you may have thought were damaged beyond repair which can save money and heartache. A restoration service can also help with removing and replacing damaged drywall and other structures. A restoration service can help you to ensure that your home is safe and free from mold and water damage after a flood.

If your home has been flooded, call Florida Catastrophe Corp. today to minimize damage and get your home back in order quickly.

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