Due to its absorbency, natural wood is susceptible to water damage. Although wooden floors tend to have sealants and finishes that aim to protect the wood from water damage, improper maintenance always leaves the floor vulnerable.
Signs of water damage
Do you suspect that your wooden floor is damaged by water? Here are the signs you should look for:
cupping: This occurs when there is a dip in the center of a board with the edges raised around it. This happens due to a moisture imbalance in which the wood at the bottom of the board contains more moisture than those at the top. While the wood here will return to its normal position after some time, it will most likely have to be sanded and finished.
Mold and mildew: Are there any dark or discolored spots on the wood surface? This is a sign of water damage. If the spots have not penetrated the surface of the wood, simply clean it. You should find all s of mold and eliminate them. For example, if mold is the result of the room’s susceptibility to moisture, you should consider using an anti-humidity system.
To crown it: This occurs when the center of the board rises above the edges. It also results from an imbalance of humidity and often occurs when there are hydraulic leaks or condensation from appliances that are not working properly. To get rid of this process, simply identify the of the moisture.
instability: this is a rare event and is characterized by hardwood boards that come off the substrate. The problem arises due to long-term flooding in the affected area. The solution to this problem is the complete replacement of the floor in the affected areas.
Tips on how to repair a wooden floor after water damage
You should dry the floor as quickly as possible. This requires you to keep the AC on. If the air conditioning doesn’t work fast enough, you should consider hiring large fans to help you dry the floor.
We recommend removing two boards in the center of the room to ventilate the floor. To ensure that the job is done professionally, it is recommended that you let a professional do the job for you.
This is what you need to know about water damage on wooden floors. To avoid spending your money on the damage, it is wise for you to inform your insurance company about the situation you are in.
by Duncan Lancer