Your Seymore CT Home Floor Water Damage
A dishwasher or bathroom fixture leaks, a window is left open during torrential rains or the basement floods, and flooring gets very wet. Murphy’s Law is real — when you least expect it, the water damage will happen. When it does, the flooring can be damaged to the point that it needs to be cleaned, repaired, or even replaced. Different materials react to standing water, here are some common options and how they might fare.
Hardwood Floors Suffering Water Damage
Putting solid wood flooring in wet or humid locations such as bathrooms, laundry areas and the basement is risky due to the chance of damage. When a large amount of water is present or high humidity is persistent, moisture will get into the wood and cause it to expand, producing warping, separating, and cracking.
Engineered flooring handles humidity better because the attached underlayment is designed to expand and contract with normal changes in humidity without damage to the solid wood layer on top. However, it’s still not a good choice in wet, humid locations. Any type of flooring can suffer from water damage. When your floors show symptoms of water damage, contact a professional water damage restoration company.
Laminate Flooring Is A Little Tougher
Laminate flooring is made of layers of material that will readily absorb water and swell causing separation in the layers. This occurs when water penetrates beyond the water-resistant laminate top or the flooring is completely immersed as when a basement floods. There is no cost-effective way to repair water damage to laminate flooring; it can only be replaced. Laminate flooring is not recommended for areas that are often wet or humid.
Carpets Need A Fast Response
Carpets can tolerate a good soaking (with clean water) as long as they are dried quickly when made from synthetic and inorganic materials. Wool carpeting has the potential to rot. The bigger issue with carpeting is the mold and mildew that can develop if it remains wet.
If your carpet is flooded, have it quickly cleaned, sanitized and deodorized. Our team has experienced staff and the equipment to deal with water damage and bring carpets back to life following water damage.
Carpeting, like any other flooring material, is prone to develop mold. It is important to dry wet carpets fast and remove excess water to keep mold from growing.
Natural Flooring Materials Have Potential
Treat a flooded bamboo floor similar to hardwood flooring. Bamboo will tolerate some water, but excessive water will soon cause swelling, separating, and discoloring.
Cork is the bark of the cork tree, so it is naturally resistant to water. A flooded cork floor will be okay once the water is removed unless the moisture gets into the subfloor where it can cause swelling, rot, and mold. Look for elevated or soft areas in the flooring that indicate damage to the subfloor.
Professional Water Damage Cleanup In Seymour
Professional Restoration Systems cares about your home and the health of your family. You can expect a clean-cut and uniformed restoration specialist at your door, ready to walk you through the damaged areas. A plan will be formulated to remove all traces of waste, repair all damaged materials, and to keep you safe.
The team will proceed to restore your home to pre-loss condition, including detecting any structural damage and eliminating mold or other pathogens that can hide in unseen places. Call our water damage experts or visit our website to get your carpets clean and your home healthy again.