Tips to Reduce Hardwood Floor Water Damage

Tips for Reducing Hardwood Floor Water Damage

Wild, unpredictable New England weather in the Spring and Summer can lead to a lot of undesired consequences. For those who experience hardwood floor water damage, nothing is more frustrating. Depending on the material of hardwood, as well as the severity of the damage, the situation can seem hopeless. If there’s standing water, it can be a quick clean up with long term damage soaked into the floor. With just a bit of water, things like the finish and quality of the hardwood can diminish as well. For that reason, knowing how to deal with hardwood floor water damage is essential for homeowners and renters alike.

In the face of hardwood floor water damage, ensure you’re following these steps to help reduce any further damage!

Remove the Water As Soon as Possible

There’s an easy to follow step by step plan that needs to be taken care of right away in order to salvage your hardwood floor. Removing the water on the hardwood is crucial, and doing it fast is a must. The longer the standing water stays on the floor, the more damage and bacteria growth you will have to handle. Mildew and mold don’t need much moisture to start growing and spreading. The longer the water sits, the more likely moisture is getting into and underneath the floorboards, building a hot spot for these unwanted bacteria.

Scrub the Floor to Disinfect

Standing water from severe weather is not the most sanitary thing. Especially in the case of a pipe burst, you don’t want to allow bacteria to spread in the area. No matter the source of the water, make sure to scrub the floor with a disinfectant. Anything from a store-bought cleaner to a homemade remedy will do, so long as it is scrubbed with a hard bristle brush to ensure nothing is getting into the wood floor.

Dry and Air the Area

Once the hardwood floor water buildup is removed and the area is scrubbed, you’ll need to dry the area as well as air out the room. Dry the floor with airflow from windows, doors, and fans. This will ensure the wood isn’t dried too quickly, which can lead to cracks. Make sure to use no heated drying solutions on the floorboards.

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