Water Damage On Hardwood Floors In Connecticut
Water is the enemy of hardwood flooring. Due to the porous nature of wood, moisture can be easily absorbed into the material. Your flooring may show signs of staining from small spills. Worse may also begin to buckle and swell when large amounts of water are absorbed as the planks.
While sealers and waxes are designed to add more water-resistant benefits to wood flooring, they can’t completely prevent moisture from being absorbed. When your floors get drenched, you need to jump into action.
Water Damage Cleanup In Seymour CT
If Your Floors Get Wet…
First and foremost, you must stop the source of water. If you can find the leak, address it now. Whether you can stop it or not, now is the time to call for help – PCS/PRS Southern in Seymour CT will come immediately.
Drying your floors quickly is essential to reduce the amount of permanent damage. Step two –remove any water-soaked objects from the floor. Rugs and furniture that has been soaked with water will continue to shed the moisture into the wood. Also, the wet furnishings can create mildew and mold growth, which will get into the pores and seams of your flooring.
So use towels, mops and clean rags to immediately soak up small puddles and spills. Since our team is on their way, they will bring the tools and manpower to finish the drying and remove all traces of water: fans, blowers, dehumidifiers.
The final step is repairing and refinishing your floors. When moisture is absorbed by the unfinished underside of the boards causing the bottom of each board to expand more than the top. The result is a wavy appearance and each course of wood is raised at the seams. If the floors are cupped like a washboard they may flatten out with time and you may avoid replacement. Our water damage experts will take a moisture test to schedule repairs.
Sometimes the cause of water damage is beyond our control but sometimes we can take simple steps to prevent accidental water damage.
- Promptly clean up any water spills or pooling of water on your floors. When you see any signs of moisture, grab a clean, dry cloth or mop immediately. Quick action will minimize or eliminate any impact on your floors.
- Keep your floors in good repair. Floors that have lost their protective coating of polyurethane are susceptible to damage more readily than floors with a layer of polyurethane.
- When cleaning your floors remember to never use excessive water or cleaning solutions. A string mop is not recommended as this type of mop holds too much liquid. Take care when cleaning your wood floors because excessive amounts of water can be absorbed by the grain in the wood.
PCS/PRS Southern cares about your home and the health of your family. You can expect clean-cut and uniformed water damage restoration specialists at your door. The team will walk you through the damaged areas and let you know our first stage of attack. Our restoration specialists will then begin the remediation process, to remove all traces of damage. We will proceed with restoring your home to pre-loss condition. Call our water damage experts to get your carpets clean and your home healthy again.