what you need to know about water damage

I am the first to admit that I am not the best home repair person in the world. When something breaks, it usually takes me a while to figure out how to make the repairs or to break down and hire someone to make the repairs for me. When my dishwasher was leaking, I made the big mistake of not taking action immediately. Instead, I just stopped using it. I thought that not using it solved my problems, but it didn't. About three weeks later, I had to hire a repair contractor to fix all of the damage that the dishwasher had caused. Find out about water damage on my blog.

Four Reasons To Call A Water Damage Restoration Expert

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Water damage can harm hardwood flooring to the extent that it's often rendered unsightly and unsafe. Water damage can happen as a result of floods, water used to put out fires, and broken plumbing pipes. The following are four reasons why you should contact a professional water damage restoration service immediately after serious exposure to water occurs on your home's wood floors.

Cracked Floorboards

Cracked floorboards are the result of the wood warping after it has been saturated with water. Drying hardwood flooring as quickly as possible is essential in preventing this type of damage. Because wood is porous, however, simply drying off its surface isn't enough--although that is a good start. Water damage restoration companies have specialized equipment that can dry wooden floors quickly from the inside out. 

Discoloration

Exposure to water also causes unsightly discoloration on wood floor surfaces. Water stains are dark, and the affected area is often pulpy and soft. Homeowners can often treat small water stains themselves with bleach-based products found in the aisles of home improvement retailers, but it should be kept in mind that water stains are sometimes indicative of greater issues. If the wood feels soft to the touch when pressed, it is time to contact a water restoration expert.

Mold and Mildew

Mold and mildew growth on wood flooring is a common problem even on floors that have not been exposed to substantial water. Like water stains, mold growth often creates a black stain on wood flooring, especially with light-colored woods such as oak. Mold can be the result of extreme amounts of atmospheric humidity over a period of time or of a specific part of the floor being subjected to water. For instance, if the kids often shake off their snow or rain boots in an entryway that features hardwood flooring, that area is vulnerable to the development of mold or mildew even if it's covered by a thick throw rug. Since mold can start growing easily after 24 hours, you'll want to take care of this problem as quickly as you can. Mold isn't just unsightly, but it can cause your family to suffer from serious respiratory issues.

Damage to Subflooring

Damage to subflooring generally occurs after large-scale problems such as flooding or fire. This is not a time for homeowners to fool around with do-it-yourself fixes -- damaged subflooring significantly affects structural integrity. Most subflooring is made of plywood or pressboard, and although these materials are generally treated with water-resistant chemicals before installation, they will nonetheless weaken substantially if not properly dried after serious exposure to water.

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30 July 2015