Hardwood Floor After Water Damage – Article Time – 2:00
Hardwood floors are a common element in most homes.
Depending on the age of the home and type of subfloor, many homes
have wood floors that can last many years.
As with all types of floor coverings, hardwood is prone to damage and
one of the most common damages is water.
Depending on the amount of water that has accumulated and the amount of time that the
water has had to seep into the floor will determine how much, if any, can be salvaged.
Most hardwood floors are nailed into a subfloor made of plywood, the water will
leak through and damage the top floor which can eventually dry but the subfloor
can gain mold or mildew. The actual hardwood floor also has the potential to buckle
and or bow if a large amount of water is leaked onto the floor.
With this in mind, wood floors can sometimes be dried but the process is
complicated and generally not one hundred percent effective.
Drying hardwood floors can be
achievable( but can cause long term issues such as bowing), using a large amount of fans and also removing wood from the corners to allow air to circulate below the wood and between the subfloor and the hardwood.
If the hardwood is glued down then the likelihood of drying is lower as the floor is often to secured to be dried out completely.
Due to the amount of wood that soaks in water the floor often times will have issues as the wood swells and grows with the water that is retained. The most important aspect when drying hardwood floor is completing the drying process as quickly after the water damage has occurred. Sometimes damaged portions can be removed and replaced but often times the change in color can be noticeable to the average consumer.