4 Tips On Repairing Flood-Damaged Floors

4 Tips On Repairing Flood-Damaged Floors

What are some tips on repairing flood-damaged floors?

  1. Inspect the severity of the damage
  2. Ensure all the moisture is removed
  3. Install a hard-wearing and resistant flooring
  4. Look for waterproofing options

When it rains too hard or too long, and the drainage in the street isn’t working, the water level can rise and damage our floors. Too much exposure to water can harm the floor no matter what material it’s made of.

Some might think that it’s not important. After all, how could floor damage even affect us at home? Depending on the severity, it might even cause injury.

Thankfully, we prepared some tips on repairing flood-damaged floors for you. We can’t do much about stopping floods, but we do know about fixing floors when the damage is already done. Keep reading to learn more.

Inspect the Severity of the Damage

The first thing you need to do is to see how much damage has been made. How do you know how much of your floor is damaged? Take a closer look to see what changes the water has done. It may be deformities, discoloration, or it could even be mold. But it is important to see all the damages done by the flood to properly fix your floor.

Hardwood floors often show signs of warping because of water damage. This includes crowning, cupping, and bulging. Your floors would be deformed, whether it be bulging out or curling upwards or simply loose from the rest of the floor. There could also be colored spots. Watch out for how many of these signs are present.

Laminated Floors

Laminated floors easily give way to the water. They cup, warp, swell, split, and crack when damaged with water. These floors are also vulnerable to mold, especially if the moisture has been there for a long time.

Tiles

Tiles are not immune to water and can still get damaged. Loose tiles and stained tiles are damaged. Sometimes there will be mold. Tap the tile with a coin to see if it makes a hollow sound. If it does, it’s loose.

Vinyl Floors

Vinyl floors are generally waterproof, but could still sustain damage from flooding or extreme moisture. It manifests as discoloration, mold, bulging, warping, and buckling.

Ensure All the Moisture is Removed

Ensure All the Moisture is Removed

If your floor is already damaged by water, then you should remove all moisture to prevent even more damage. What caused the damage to your floors? If rain caused flooding, then there might be some water that gathered below your subfloor.

The common causes of moisture that damages floors are clean water, gray water, black water, and groundwater. Clean water comes from rain and pipe leaks. Gray water comes from leaks from appliances and toilet water. Both of these can be fixed by professionals, or even through DIY solutions.

You may use a shop vacuum to remove the water or even just sweep them all out. Sponges will help soak up the moisture too. Make sure you also clean it all with detergent or disinfectant.

Finally, when cleaning black or contaminated water, it’s advised that you hire a professional to do it for you. After the moisture has been removed, they can install a fresh new set of flooring for the refurbished space.

Install a Hard-Wearing and Resistant Flooring

Flooding can cause extensive damage to your flooring. If there’s enough, then you might need to replace the entire floor with hard-wearing and resistant flooring. By doing this, you get a floor that lasts longer and will be able to better withstand any flooding.

Examples of good flooring that fit this bill are vinyl planks, sheet vinyl, porcelain tiles, and some epoxy flooring. These flooring options are more waterproof than most materials there are. Of course, it also matters where you get the floor from, so make sure you are getting them from a reputable and trustworthy source.

A good example of this is the Flowcrete flooring range that we have right here. Check it out and see if it fits your needs!

Look for Waterproofing Options

Look for Waterproofing Options

You could never go wrong with extra waterproofing for your floors. Waterproofing offers a durable layer of protection against damage from flooding or other liquids. Usually, this is done by first cleaning the floor, priming, then applying some waterproof coating and membranes. Coating your floor with these solutions usually lengthens the durability of your floor, especially against water.

In the market, there are waterproofing sealants and membranes made to help waterproof your floor. Some of the best ones you could try are Euclid’s Eucoflex PU 100, which is an elastomeric waterproofing membrane, or other products from our Euclid line.

Key Takeaway

Flood damage happens anywhere, even if you are not in a flood-prone area. Knowing these tips on repairing flood-damaged floors will keep you prepared if an incident like this happens. Follow the steps we described here and you’ll easily solve any floor damage problems you may have.

Do you have flood damage in your home? Do you need to replace your flooring? Here at Flooring Solutions, we can help! Check out our products here or send us a message here today!