Today, most homes are fixed with hardwood floors. The reason behind this shift is because homes with wooden floors sell faster and have high value as compared to concrete floored home. The only downfall to these floors is that in the event of flooding or water overflow, hardwood floors cannot be easily taken out and be dried like carpet. In the following article, we will focus on steps to take in case of a flooded wood floor.
1) Find and repair the source of the water damage.
The first step involves repairing the source of the water. This is because if water continues to penetrate into the wood it will damage your floor completely.
2) Remove all of the wet items out of the room.
This should involve removing all the wet items outside in the sun to dry and in case it is raining move them to another room that does not have a wooden floor. In case you don’t have an extra room you should place plastic between the floor and the furniture. This will ensure your floor is free from water.
If you had placed a carpet on top of your hardwood floor, you should remove the carpet and padding immediately. Since the water in the carpet may continue damaging your floor.
3) Remove all the standing water
After removing the wet items the next step is removing all the water from your floor. This can be done using a wet vacuum cleaner. When doing so, you should ensure that you keep vacuuming even after you have removed all visible water as there is still more water trapped in the invisible pores in the wood.
4) Remove all the humidity in your home.
After removing all the water you should then place a dehumidifier in your room. Clear the water in the dehumidifier after every few hours and ensure that the filter is clean. Keep the dehumidifier running for 24 hours. If the water damage was severe you should keep running for 2 to 3 days or even longer.
5) Use large fans and air conditioners.
To accelerate the drying process, you should use fans. Fix the fans facing the floor. Keep your doors and windows open for better air circulation and ventilation. This also allows excess moisture to evaporate and create more cross ventilation. In case it is raining or you have extreme humidity outside, keep the windows shut and use a dehumidifier. Ensure that the fans are on the highest level and pointing towards the floor in case your fans can oscillate.
6) Sand and refinish your hardwood floors
After ensuring that your floor is completely dry the next step is to sand and refinish your floor. Water usually wears down the polyurethane covering the planks, also you may have to replace some pieces or patches of the floor. This means you have to reapply polyurethane, even if there is some left on your floors. This is because the remaining layer might be thinner and compromised and therefore won’t last too long.