What Happens To Wooden Flooring During A Flood?

Puddle Of Water On A Wooden Floor

Floods are devastating and not always preventable. If your home has suffered from flood damage, there’s likely going to be a lot of work required to restore your fixings and furnishings. If you have wooden flooring, you’ll need to take extra care. We’ve put together a short guide to help you get started on repairing flood damage to your floors.

Remove The Water & Dry Out Your Wooden Flooring

Once the worst of the flooding is over, it’s time to get rid of the water and dry it out as best as possible. There could also be debris to clear up, so you this may be a big job. With most of the water out, you’ll have to open some windows to ventilate the area. Failure to do this could result in mould growing as it thrives in damp. If possible, it’s best to get hold of a dehumidifier to speed up the process.

Assess The Damage

Once your wood flooring is dried out, it’s much easier to assess the situation. Unfortunately, wood can be very susceptible to water damage. Signs of severe damage include changes in the shape and size of the wood, as well as buckling and warping. The appearance of the wood might have changed as well. There could be stains, discolouration or mould growth.

Before taking any further steps, you’ll need to get a professional in to test the wood. They’ll use specialist equipment to see how much moisture the wood flooring has taken on. If it’s in the acceptable range of between 6 and 9 percent, you’re good to go. If it’s any higher, you’ll need to continue using drying techniques until it gets there.

Damp Wooden Floorboards

Seek Wooden Floor Restoration

Once the floor is dried out, it’s time to get it back to its former glory. Of course, this assumes that it’s not significantly or structurally damaged. If your floor is able to be restored, we can come and sand it down to remove the surface layer. We can then give it a thorough clean and apply a stain to bring the appearance back to life.

In some cases, the flood damage will be inconsistent. You may need to replace a few boards here and there to ensure the finish is as good as it was before.

For Wooden Floor Restoration, Choose Jones & Harrold Ltd

Whether your home has suffered from flood damage or your floor is looking worse for wear for other reasons, we can get it looking as good as new. Get in touch today to discuss our wooden floor restoration services.

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