Water damage and flooding wreak havoc to your home flooring. Cleaning, repairing, or even replacing your floors can be a costly and daunting project. However, it is necessary to immediately take steps to get flood restoration services after a disaster. Short to long-term exposure to water damages the flooring materials and potentially the subflooring. Ignoring the moisture issues can lead to other harmful results, like damaged home structures or moldy growths. Still, reacting correctly and quickly after a basement flood or burst pipe can avoid those problems from arising, and may even salvage your old flooring. Professional flood restoration services help assess the condition of every type of flooring after sustaining water damage.
Wood floors are porous and absorb water very quickly. Even if surface water is cleaned up, the water could seep into the boards or underneath to the subflooring. Warped wooden floors often need replacing and can’t be salvaged.
Laminate floors face a similar situation as wood floors do when it comes to flood restoration. Most laminate floors have a thin wooden layer on top and have boards made of compressed wood pieces. So, like wood floors, this type of flooring is very easily damaged by long-term and excessive water exposure. Some laminate boards may have a foam base layer that is nearly impossible to dry when it soaks up water. Therefore, laminate flooring needs replacing following a flood.
Vinyl and Linoleum Floors
Vinyl and linoleum floors are quite resistant to water damage and often do not need replacing. However, it may be necessary to remove these flooring materials to inspect and let the subflooring completely dry. Usually, a professional can re-adhere your vinyl and linoleum floors after the subfloor is dried out.
Ceramic Tile Floors
Ceramic tiles are semi-porous and will absorb some water, although it is more likely to dry out over time. The tiles themselves can go back to their normal condition, but be wary of the state of the grout. Loose tiles or unsealed grout allows water to seep into the subflooring. If that is the case, the tiles should be removed to let the subfloor dry before reinstalling the tiles.
Natural stone floors shouldn’t present much structural threat to a house after water damage or flooding. However, stone floors can stain and discolor due to the moisture. After some time, often months later, the discoloration will go away as the stones dry. If the stains remain or turn brown, then that may be a sign to go ahead and replace your stone floors.
Depending on the floodwater, professionals can clean and dry out carpet floors before reinstalling. If flooded by contaminated water, you should discard and replace your carpeting. Otherwise, if clean water caused the damage, professionally washed and dried carpets are safe to reuse.
Flood Restoration from Smith & Son’s Contracting
At Smith & Son’s, we have provided the state of Maryland with top-notch workmanship on our restoration and remodeling jobs for over three decades. We have 24/7 availability and exceptional customer service, along with the expertise to complete all of your home remodeling needs. For a great job at an honest price throughout the Annapolis, Glen Burnie, Pasadena, Ellicott City, Severna Park, and Columbia areas, give us a call today at (410) 360-5252 or 1-410-245-5954 for 24/7 home improvement and home remodeling services. You can also keep up with us on Facebook, and check out our blog! We look forward to serving you.