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.

How To Treat Different Types Of Flooring After Being Soaked

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When your floor has been completely soaked with water or immersed in water for any length of time, you should act as quickly as possible to prevent water damage from spreading or permanently damaging your floor. While your primary goal is to dry the area quickly, you need to work differently depending on what floor material you have.

Tile and Grout

There are pros and cons to having a tile area flooded. It's hard to damage tile, and water alone probably won't cause so much damage that you'll need to replace anything. The bad news is that tile doesn't absorb water, so any water that seeps underneath can travel along the subfloor and move into other areas.

Because of this, you will need to look for water damage beyond the immediate flooded area. Look for any signs that water has traveled downhill to other areas of your house, including into the walls. Use a moisture meter to help you look for damp areas.

To dry the tile, set up a dehumidifier and fans. Most of your trouble will come from any water that has seeped underneath the tile, so while the water won't do much damage to tile, it will take some time to dry.

Carpet

Carpet, unlike tile, soaks up plenty of water, especially if there's a carpet pad underneath. This makes it a little more difficult to dry, but the good news is that if the water wasn't dirty, or if it didn't remain stagnant for too long, you won't need to worry too much about odors sticking in your carpet.

If you don't have a carpet pad, you may be able to dry your carpet without taking it up. Start by using a carpet shampooer on the soaked areas; you don't need to clean them yet, but the vacuum does have the ability to suck up water as it passes over the carpet. Run the vacuum over the carpet a few times to suck out as much water as you can, then set up a dehumidifier and fan like before.

If this doesn't work well enough, you will need to pull up your carpet. The carpet pad, if you have one, may have sucked up plenty of water a vacuum isn't able to reach, and it will need to be dried separately.

Hardwood

Hardwood floors are surprisingly resilient to moisture, but despite their finish, they will probably have soaked up some water. Water seeping underneath the floor adds to the problem because it's harder to get rid of.

If your wood floor has only buckled or cupped a little, it can be saved. However, because you need to remove the moisture as quickly as possible, you may need to call in a commercial service for assistance. They have special types of dehumidifiers that can suck water out of the floor and mats that can draw air up through the floor.

The buckling and cupping may seem to get worse over a few days, but as long as the water has been removed quickly, it should still be fine. The wood will often go flat again after some time, though it can take up to a few months, so if you can't wait that long you'll need to replace it.

Wood Laminate

Though visually very similar to hardwood floors, wood laminate floors will need to be replaced if they are starting to warp and buckle. Unlike wood, wood laminate will not return to its previous shape.

Due to its finish, however, it is also resistant to water, and the tongue-and-slot method of installation makes it harder for water to penetrate. Dry the area as soon as you can, then use your moisture meter to keep track of the area; if moisture remains too long, your best chance at saving the floor is by taking up the slats and drying underneath.

To learn more, contact a company like Flood Damage Restoration

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11 September 2015