While vinyl, linoleum, and tile are water-resistant to a certain extent, hardwood floors are not and are at a greater risk of water damage as they are naturally absorbent. Applying a sealant might delay water absorption, but this is not a permanent solution. Minor spills on hardwood floors can be dealt with immediately but bigger water volume and widespread flooding should be handled by a seasoned water damage restoration professional.
Rytech, Nashville’s water damage restoration expert, shares some tips on how to minimize water damage to hardwood floors.
- Find the water source. Check your home for busted pipes or weak spots in your roof and repair these problems before beginning any cleanup effort.
- Act fast. Remove pooling water as soon as possible with a wet/dry vacuum. If you don’t have one, mops and towels are just as effective in doing the cleanup job. If there’s a door nearby, a floor squeegee or a push broom can also help push water outside. Remove any wet objects; a soaked carpet, for example, can cause potentially irreparable water damage to the floor if left unattended.
- Make sure the floor is clean. Mix a trusted household disinfectant into a bucket of soapy water and use this to scrub down the floor. Keeping the floor free of dust and silt, mud, or other organic matter reduces the risk of mold growth, which is triggered by water damage.
- Dry the floor slowly and thoroughly. Air-dry the floor using electric fans; keep the area ventilated by opening windows and doors. Keep a dehumidifier running continuously if you have one. Avoid using heat as this might cause the wood to splinter. Rytech, water damage restoration experts in Nashville, TN recommend drying a hardwood floor for up to four days.
- Add a protective barrier. Apply a finishing coat and sealant when the floor has dried completely.
Should there be mild signs of wood warping on some hardwood floorboards, the affected boards could be sanded down to restore a flat surface. Severely warped floorboards will have to be replaced. For sections of the floor that are discolored due to water exposure, stain the wood to match the original color of the floor.
Here at Rytech Nashville, we understand how frustrating it can be to have water intrusion in your home or business. Residents of Middle Tennessee have trusted our IIRC-certified technicians with their water damage restoration requirements for several years. Get in touch with us today for a no-commitment consultation.
Rytech Nashville has become a leader in the water damage restoration and mold remediation industry. From its humble beginnings in one location, the company has reached exponential growth and currently provides service to 49 major markets across 25 states. Call (615) 751-8445 for more information.