If you have hardwood floors in your home, the odds are that at some point they will be damaged by water. The damage can be attributed to simple spills, periods of higher than normal humidity, or floods caused by broken water pipes, drain backups, or possibly even snow and ice. The best way to limit the damage done by water is to take immediate action.
Expanding and buckling isn’t the only danger of prolonged exposure to excess moisture. Mold and mildew may develop in as little as 48-72 hours. And it’s not just the surface of the wood that you have to be concerned about; mold and mildew can develop in the hardwood itself, or even under the floor.
How to Limit the Damage
Once the humidity content on both sides of the floor is stabilized and returned to normal, the cupping and warping should go away, especially if responded to in a timely manner. However, caution needs to be taken not to over-dry hardwood floors. Again, this is why you should seek a hardwood floor-drying specialist like Dragon Restoration, who can properly monitor the drying process.
Permanent hardwood floor damage is something you can prevent if you understand the causes and consequences of excess moisture, high humidity, or floods and spills. Take Action Immediately! Hardwood floor damage does not have to result in costly refinishing or replacement. If you notice damage to your hardwood floors, contact Dragon Restoration immediately at (937) 371-3416. We offer a NO COST, NO OBLIGATION inspection. We have been successfully drying water-damaged hardwood floors in the Miami Valley, Southwestern and Central Ohio, and Indiana for more than 16 years.