The reason you want to get to work quickly after realizing your wood floors may be water damaged is twofold. First of all, the floors will start to warp and become more difficult or even impossible to repair. Second, mold may start to grow soon after if they are not sufficiently dried out in time. Here are your first steps to take in starting hardwood flooring repairs..
The first thing you need to do when you have water damaged wood floors is to dry out the floor and the subfloor before any further damage occurs. The best way to do this is to remove any standing water, and then set fans out to dry up the floor and subfloor. Turn on the fan on your HVAC unit as well, and open doors and windows to get air circulating.
Next, make sure that you have enough ventilation in your basement and that air is getting to the subfloor as well. One of the quickest ways to do this is to actually remove 1 or 2 of the floorboards in the room where the damage occurred and run fans across the area. Better air circulation will allow the subfloor to dry out a lot quicker. Also, consider renting a commercial grade dehumidifier for the basement and run it constantly.
At Emperial Hardwood Floors, Inc., we know that water damage to your beautiful hardwood floors can feel devastating. When you have water damage in your home and aren’t really sure what to do about it, there are two kinds of companies you can call for advice. First, the flooring company that installed the flooring will likely know the best way to handle damage and let you know of what warranties you might have on your flooring to recoup some of the cost. Second, call a Emperial Hardwood Floors if you suspect the damage is more than just floor-deep.