If you have hardwood floors in your home, sooner or later, one way or another, you are going to have them damaged due to water. Out of control humidity issues, spills, floods due to broken pipes or appliances, tracked in water, snow, or ice, and even accidents by pets can all be extremely damaging to hardwood floors. You can avoid a lot of these problems if you keep in mind some simple steps that you can take to limit hardwood floor damage.
Step 1: Limiting Hardwood Floor Damage - Take Action Immediately
Water damage to hardwood floors is progressive. The longer the floor is exposed to excess water or humidity, the greater the damage becomes. As wood floorboards absorb moisture, they expand, both vertically and horizontally. The vertical expansion is caused by water being absorbed by the edges of each board and creates cupping, the edges becoming thicker than the board’s center.
Step 2: Preventing Hardwood Floor Damage - Immediate Cleaning
Step 3: Restoration - After Water Damage Occurs
If your hardwood floor is already showing signs of warping or cupping, call a professional restoration company as soon as the damage is noticed. A hardwood floor installer will not be able to help you at this point. The floor must be dried back to NWFA/NOFMA (National Wood Flooring Association / National Oak Flooring Manufacturers Association) standards. These standards will vary depending on the region of the country in which you live. A qualified restoration professional will know this standard. If your floor is sanded and/or refinished before being brought back to the proper dryness standard, it may be damaged beyond repair.
Dragon Restoration has been successfully restoring/saving hardwood floors in Dayton, the Miami Valley, and the rest of Ohio for more than 16 years. We have the knowledge, experience, and specialized equipment to save you time, the hassle of a lengthy repair process, and most of all, your hard-earned money!
Call us before things get worse. (937) 371-3416