Water is one of the greatest threats to hardwood flooring, as flooding, pipe leaks, or spillages can quickly cause irreparable damage if left unaddressed. But water damage doesn’t necessarily have to mean the end of your beautiful flooring: with swift action and proper restoration techniques in place, it’s often possible to bring them back into service again – here is our step-by-step guide on restoring hardwood floors after water damage.
Understanding Water Damage to Hardwood Floors
Hardwood floors exposed to water can react by warping, buckling, and developing discoloration, depending on the amount of moisture present and the length of time that has lingered on its surface. Time is of the essence in dealing with this kind of damage – the sooner you act, the greater your chance is of saving your floors from being irreparably harmed!
Step 1: Assess Damage
While the initial step to restoring hardwood floors should always include an assessment of damage, step two must focus on assessing whether they can be salvaged. Check for warping, buckling or staining on the surface, while in more serious cases where water damage has penetrated deep into the wood, causing significant warping or structural issues, professional assistance may be required for restoration.
Step 2: Remove the Water
To remove water from the surface and within cracks in floorboards, begin mopping. A wet vacuum may also help. Please remember to be gentle to prevent further softening of the wood.
Step 3: Dry Out the Area
Once all the excess water has been extracted from a damaged area, the next step should be drying it thoroughly using fans, dehumidifiers, and heaters to speed up the drying process. Direct the fan at the damaged area to ensure direct airflow; depending on its extent, this step could take several days or weeks – any remaining moisture could lead to mold growth and additional floor damage if this step is rushed through prematurely.
Step 4: Sand and Refinish
You can begin the restoration process once your floor has dried out completely. Sanding will help eliminate any warping or discoloration caused by water damage, using either a drum sander for large areas or an edge sander for hard-to-reach ones. Always sand along the grain of wood grain for optimal results and avoid scratches in this step.
After sanding, clean the area carefully to eliminate dust. Next, apply a stain that complements the original color of your floor before staining and applying multiple coats of sanding lightly between each application of polyurethane finish for maximum protection from further damage. Apply multiple layers sanding lightly between coats until achieving an even surface.
Step 5: Monitor for Mold
In the weeks following restoration, be wary of signs of mold. If you detect musty smells or dark, fuzzy growths on wood surfaces, contact a professional immediately, as mold can be dangerous to health and must be addressed as quickly as possible.
Looking for a Professional Water Damage Repair Contractor?
Restoring hardwood floors after freshwater water damage can be challenging and daunting, particularly without the right tools and knowledge. But don’t despair! HC Marketer’s highly skilled and experienced team is equipped with cutting-edge technology and is here to assist – ready to step in, dry out and restore your hardwood floors to their former glory.
No matter the severity of water damage, our experienced team approaches each situation quickly and appropriately to minimize further damage. We focus on drying and restoration, conduct comprehensive mold inspections, and take preventative measures to keep your home safe and healthy.
Do not let water damage keep you up at night. Instead, trust HC Marketer with all your restoration needs, giving you peace of mind and leaving your home as beautiful as ever. Our professional restoration services offer reliable assistance at any hour.
Get started restoring your hardwood floors now. Call HC Marketer now at (248) 469-4700, and together we can bring back their beauty.