Inevitably you will deal with water damage at some point. Water may flood your home due to a burst pipe, an overflowed toilet, or a mischievous toddler. Depending on the type of hard flooring in your home, you need to take measures to remove the water.
Ceramic and porcelain tile flooring is probably the most resilient against water damage as a non-porous surface. However, grout and adhesive can deteriorate if left in water too long. Therefore, remove any standing water as soon as possible. You may be able to use a wet/dry vacuum to remove water, but a professional restoration specialist may be required for larger jobs.
If any tiles are loose, that may be a sign of deteriorated tile adhesive. In such cases, tiles need to be removed so that the foundation can dry. Otherwise, you run the risk of mold spreading.
If tiles are well-attached and the grout is in good shape, the most important thing to do is to thoroughly dry the affected area. Use large fans to evaporate water. Take off the floorboards so that air can circulate in the walls. In addition, try to keep humidity in the room down through a combination of using a dehumidifier and running the air conditioning or heater.
Wood floors can easily be damaged and become a breeding ground for mold if damaged by water. Most importantly, you need to get the standing water off the floors as quickly as possible because mold can begin to grow within several days.
Although wood is porous and may absorb some of the flooded water, your wood floors are not a lost cause. Depending on the type of wood and type of flooring (i.e. strip, plank, or engineered), your wood floors may be salvageable.
For instance, harder woods like maple may take three or four days to become damaged while oak will absorb water more quickly. Either way, professional restoration specialists like Disaster Specialist are the best resources for saving your wood floors.
Laminate floors are not considered true wood floors because they are made of several layers of printed laminate, a hard fiber core, and often a built-in pad.
If water seeps underneath the water-resistant top layer, the lower layers will absorb water. The laminate permanently swells and warps if the dense fiber core absorbs water. Therefore, small repair jobs are possible if you have extra laminate boards to replace the damaged ones. However, larger flooding usually means a complete loss.
Small cases of water damage may be repairable on your own. However, professional restoration specialists are trained to hygienically remove water and restore your flooring to its best condition.