Water damage and flooding in a space with a wood floor can cause a whole host of problems. We recommend you immediately remove all the excess water you can see, and run fans in your space to remove as much moisture as possible. Following the initial clean-up, there are still concerns that remain after the surface water has been removed.
Water and wood are not companions. There may be no signs on the surface, but what lurks below can continue to cause damage. The underlying water can manifest in the form of warped wood, which will buckle, cup, and in some cases, completely lift off the concrete subfloor.
You can usually detect these signs by just looking at your floor. Anything that looks abnormal after a flood is probably a sign that you have water damage that needs immediate attention.
It’s natural for wood to suck moisture up from the air. Not only does it like to take moisture from the air, but it also likes to hold onto it. When the wood comes into contact with the water, the wood expands to let it in. Even after you dry the wood out, it can still be affected by the original damage. This is why it’s so important to remove as much water as quickly as possible. When the wood gets saturated it leaks into the wood subfloor where there is no airflow. This makes it almost impossible to dry out.
If you suspect your wood floor has water damage, your first step should be to contact the experts at HHI. We will come out and do a thorough assessment, which includes moisture readings and drilling inspection holes to check for standing water. Water damage also has the potential for mold growth, which needs to be checked for immediately.
An assessment will also determine if the damage is total or partial. Replacement of damaged wood floor system is unique to each job, depending on damage to the subfloor.