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Water damage to floors

5/2/2022 (Permalink)

Flooring is an essential element of your home.  Your floors may experience water damage for many reasons- including water heater leaks, broken pipes and natural disasters like hurricanes or floods.  However if an incident occurs, you are left asking if you should replace or repair your floor.  Each situation is different, but details like the type of flooring, the extent of the damage, and the cost of repairs versus replacement will help you determine which decision is best for you.  The first step is to inspect your floors for water damage.  Look for specific abnormalities paying special attention to hardwood floors such as:

  • Buckling- Buckling occurs when the flooring detaches from the subflooring beneath it.  Your floor may separate at the seams or peel upward
  • Crowning- When flooring loses moisture, it can shrink on the underside.  This moisture loss leaves planks rounded, with a high point in the middle and low points on the edges
  • Cupping- When your floor absorbs moisture, plank edges may curl upward- leaving the middle of the plank with a slight depression
  • Discoloration- Any change in color may indicate mold or mildew.  Inspect new stains and dark spots for growth
  • Warping- Any abnormal bubbling, peeling, cracking in the flooring could indicate damage
  • Odor- Unusual odors could indicate mold and mildew in the flooring or subflooring

If the flooring shows only minor indications of damage, you may be able to resolve the issues by thoroughly drying the affected area.  If not, you will need to consider restoration options.  SERVPRO of Novi/Commerce South and Bloomfield is here to help, call us today at 248-344-0044

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