Whether it was caused by a plumbing accident or a natural disaster, water damage on any scale is devastating to your house. This article will discuss how to deal with water damage to your home and present options in flooring selections to repair or replace your flooring following the unthinkable. When dealing with flooding in your home, it’s important to identify the extent of damage and material that were in contact with moisture. However, it is essential that you turn off your main circuit breakers so there is no risk of being electrocuted.
Flooring materials are often most damaged because they are the lowest point where moisture collects allowing moisture to pool. Carpeting is especially of concern with standing water because it is porous and absorbent. When dealing with flooded carpeting the response time for cleanup can often dictate much of the costs associated with repairs and replacement. Although carpet manufacturers include warranties for their products, these are generally not honored in the event of significant water damage such as flooding.
Assuming that the water damaged has been caused by clean water, it is essential that any moisture be removed within 48 hours. This can be accomplished by using a water extraction vacuum. Combining these efforts with heaters, fans, and dehumidifier can accelerate the drying process. By drying the carpets sooner rather than later, you lower the chance of mold developing that could potentially be poisonous if left untouched. In addition, applying an anti-microbial treatment will help further protect against mildew.
However, in the case of flooding by black water (water that includes raw sewage), any carpet flooring materials must be removed from the premises and disposed of immediately due to infection risk. Hiring a professional service to deal with this degree of cleaning is necessary because of the health risks associated with the process. With any black water incident the utmost care should be taken, especially with residential properties as the risk of infection and bacteria is significantly higher than clean water.
If hardwood floors are also affected, they too must be dried and disinfected to prevent molding. The faster the wood is dried and dehumidified, the less likely molding and warping can influence the structural integrity of the floor. If portions of the wood do warp, they can be sanded and nailed down further to ensure the floor is smooth and even. The hardwoods should then be resealed to provide a barrier against further moisture.
Brian Grayson writes about flooring, home improvement, and more.