What You Can Do If Your Hardwood Floors Have Flooded

A plumbing leak or flood can quickly have a detrimental affect on hardwood flooring.  The key to minimizing damage to your floor is quickly extracting as much water as possible.  First things first immediately turn off the water in your home to prevent further water accumulation.  Once you’re certain the source of the leak is stopped,  you can begin drying out the area.
Step 1: Prepare the space for water extraction.
Before you can begin drying the space, you should move all furniture to another room to avoid further damage to your hardwood floors.
Step 2: Begin right away.
If you want to increase the chances of salvaging the hardwood floors in your home, you have to dry the space as quickly as possible. The longer water is left to sit, the greater the risk for mold and mildew growth in the space.

  • Use a shopvac with a wet and dry function, quickly remove any standing water from the space.
  • Use towels and blankets to mop up water quickly. Using multiple techniques may expedite the dry out process.
  • Gather fans and dehumidifiers from around your home. Use this equipment to further encourage drying of the space.

Step 3: Clean the flooring thoroughly.
Water accumulation can leave behind dirt and bacteria that can be harmful to the wood flooring in your home. Because of this, hardwood floors must always be cleaned thoroughly after a water damage event.  Using a stiff scrub brush and a mild cleaning product with disinfectant, scrub every inch of your floor. Follow up by completely drying your flooring and then using a mop and mild floor cleaner to remove any remaining disinfectant from the floor.
Step 4: Continue drying your floors for 24 hours.
Even if your flooring appears to be dry, it may still have undetected dampness. Hardwood floor is especially susceptible to water penetration. If any moisture remains, this puts your home at risk for mold and mildew growth. We recommend that homeowners continue drying out their floors for 24 hours after the water damage event with fans and dehumidifiers

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