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Quick Cleanup Can Prevent Damage to Wood Floors

8/20/2020 (Permalink)

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When a pipe burst happens in your Eatonville, WA, that wet floor has the potential to become a costly fix if not properly cleaned, especially if it is wood or engineered wood. Since wood is porous, even a small spill can absorb into any cracks and begin to start creating damage and potentially lead to an ideal environment for mold to grow. Taking immediate action can prevent the need for a water damage and restoration expert or a costly floor replacement.

Steps to Avoid Damage

Even if properly finished and sealed, a wood floor gets normal wear and tear that can provide openings for water to penetrate. The moment water is found, the following steps should be taken as quickly as possible to prevent issues.

Remove and water-logged items that are on the floor.
Wipe up small spills are use a wet-vac on larger ones to completely remove visible water.
Disinfect the floor’s surface.
Place a dehumidifier and fans in the area to dry the wood and capture evaporation, including near the sub-floor if there is one.

Secondary Damage
Even if the area looks dry, a pipe burst or similar source of large amounts of water may have already been absorbed into hidden areas. The floor and subfloor should be checked for potential mold growth. Since the floor may require weeks to fully dry, a moisture test should be conducted before any finish work is completed. If there was flooding, it is very likely that the floor will need to be sanded and refinished, as well as damaged boards replace. That kind of damage can degrade sealants and coatings, making them even more prone to damage down the road.
While a pipe burst may be unavoidable, the damage it can cause can be prevented with quick action. Keep your wood floors protected and looking like they should by immediately addressing water problems.

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