Your floors definitely need special attention after any incident of flooding or prolonged water exposure. Whether it’s a hardwood, tiled, laminate, or carpeted floor, it’s always important to act fast to prevent any further damage to the flooring material and minimize your losses. If water damage Colorado Springs occurs to your house or business, here’s what we’d do to fix the flooring.
Signs of Damage to Your Flooring
Initial inspection is done by restoration specialists before work begins. With special tools and careful assessment, they’d be able to determine the next steps to take:
Signs of damage on hardwood floors include cupping, or dips and raised edges on the planks. Dark spots may be signs of the presence of mildew, in which case some serious action need to be taken to prevent spreading. Damaged hardwood floors may also appear bulged or entirely buckled from the sub-floor.
Damaged laminate floors would appear warped or planked at the edges. There may some discoloration due to the presence of mildew.
Tile discoloration often indicate water damage. Another method of inspecting damage on tiled floors is tapping the tiles with a coin. If it makes a hollow sound, this means you’ve got a loose tile.
Steps to Floor Damage Restoration
1. Extraction and drying
Floor restoration work only begins once the affected rooms or building have been completely dried. Water damage restoration specialists Rare Restoration and Cleaning will deploy a skilled team of technicians who will operate industrial grade pumps and water extractors to remove flood and excess water away from the house. When all water is removed, the drying process begins, made faster and more efficient with the use of equipment called air movers.
Surfaces may already appear dry at this point but some moisture absorbed onto surfaces need to be eliminated or the newly restored property may suffer from mold and mildew growth in the future. Dehumidifying equipment used by professional restoration technicians collect and trap all moisture from the air to make the drying process even more thorough.
3. Sanitation and treatment
Depending on the water damage source, heavier measures to sanitize might be needed to remove all bacteria, fungus, and contaminants that may have been left behind. Surfaces where dirt and molds may have already accumulated need some thorough scrubbing and chemical treatment. Professional restoration companies may employ air foggers, which filter mold spores and particles in the air.
4. Remove damage floor
Damaged floor materials would then have to be removed. For hardwood floors, this entails cutting into the flooring with a saw and then prying off the damaged sections. For laminate floors, removal would start at the edges nearest the walls.
5. Floor repair and replacement
Technicians will have to check how much water damage made its way to the subfloor before replacing the damaged floor sections. Plywood subfloors would most likely need replacement after prolonged exposure to water. Concrete subfloors need to be dried out completely before the installation of replacement flooring.
You’d have to purchase new flooring material to be installed. You can consult with restoration professionals on this matter. It’s worth considering that replacing entire floors instead of just some specific water-damaged sections might be more time- and cost-efficient. Contractors can provide you with a recommendation, as well as quotations so you can make an informed choice on how to proceed.
6. Sanding and staining
This is the final step to floor replacement. Depending on the flooring material, workers may sand and stain the surfaces so that the replaced parts would look uniform with the entire floor structure, as if no damage ever occurred.
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