Tips for Dealing with Hardwood Flooring and Water Damage

Can You Save Hardwood Floors That Have Water Damage?

Many homeowners and interior designers choose wood flooring. The only downside of hardwood floors is their sensitivity to water, as even a small bit of water can cause significant damage. Are you one of the homeowners who has had water damage to their wooden floors? If so, read this post carefully because we will explain how to repair water-damaged floors.

The secret is speed. It’s crucial to intervene within the first 24 hours, and the longer the wood remains in contact with water, the more harm will be done. You might be able to save the wood on your hardwood floors if you quickly and thoroughly dry them after water removal (or most of it). Your floors will certainly need to be sanded and refinished after that, but they will then appear (nearly) brand new.

Additionally, you’ll save money by not having to buy new wood and pay for installation as well as the cost and trouble of ripping up and disposing of the hardwood. Compared to replacing it, refinishing hardwood is significantly less expensive.

Best Tips for Water Removal and Drying Your Hardwood Floors

  1. Ensure that the cause of the water damage is located and stopped

If water (or moisture) continues to penetrate the wood, you’ll be fighting a no-win battle. Therefore, before the floors worsen, identify the issue and fix it.

  • Clear the area of all other wet items

Move all items, including furniture, ideally outside to the sun, or at the very least, to another room. Try to shift the objects to a waterproof floor and/or place plastic between the floor and the furniture if you need to keep the items inside since they are damp (for example, if it is raining or you live in an apartment).

Remove the carpet and padding as soon as possible if your hardwood floor is covered in carpet. This is the area that usually develops mold and odors first. Then, make sure to take out the tack strips because they are extremely sharp and could hurt you if you — or one of your children or animals — step on them. Additionally, if they soak in water, the wood beneath them will also turn black and they will rust.

  • Suck up all the standing water with a wet vacuum

You want to quickly absorb as much water as you can. It should be noted that, since some companies are experts in water extraction and have the best tools, you might wish to contact a professional mitigation business. 

Keep vacuuming even after all the visible water has been removed since there is still water in the wood’s invisible pores. You’ll see that the wet vacuum continues to draw water into itself for some time.

  • Apply a disinfectant to the surface

In addition to maintaining your hardwood floors, keep in mind that mold prevention is also necessary. You should use a disinfectant without suds (e.g., Mr. Clean).

  • Use a dehumidifier

Make sure that the water is cleared every several hours (and make sure the filter is clean as well). Ensure that the dehumidifier runs for at least 24 hours; but it depends on how severe the situation is, you might need to use it for up to three days for as little as a few hours.

Don’t be shy to contact a mitigation company if you’re struggling with this. We’ve got you covered!

  • Frequently Asked Questions about Water and Flood Damage Cleanup

    What type of cleanup is involved after a flood?

    Heavy-duty cleaning is usually required after a flood. This may include cleaning with industrial-strength cleaners and specialized equipment.

    How do you clean flood damaged items?

    You can clean flood damaged items with a variety of methods, depending on the item. For example, you can use a vacuum cleaner with a hose attachment to remove water from carpets and upholstery. You can also use a mop and bucket to remove water from floors.

    How do you clean concrete after a flooding?

    If the concrete was only wet, you can let it dry and then sweep or hose it off. If it was covered in mud or other debris, you will need to power wash it.

    What to spray in the basement after flooding to remove odors and prevent mold growth?

    Mold and mildew can start growing within 24 to 48 hours after flooding. To prevent mold growth, spray a solution of one part bleach to 10 parts water throughout the basement.

    How do you deodorize a basement after a flood?

    You can use a combination of baking soda and vinegar to deodorize a basement after a flood.

    How long should you run dehumidifier after a flood?

    It is recommended to run a dehumidifier for three to five days after a flood. The length of time will depend on other factors such as the type of materials impacted by water damage, the temperature and the strength of the dehumidifier.

    How do you dry a floor after a flood?

    Mop the floor with clean water to remove any dirt or debris. Use a wet/dry vacuum to remove as much water as possible. Place fans around the room to help circulate air and speed up the drying process. Open windows and doors to allow fresh air to enter the room.