Winter Wood Floor Water Damage: How to Protect Against It and Fight Back if It Does Occur

Hardwood floors have a lot of “pluses” that make them appealing for designers, remodelers, builders, and owners alike. But although hardwood floors can withstand lots of heavy traffic and abuse, they are vulnerable to water damage. When water damage occurs to hardwood floors, the cleanup can be expensive and annoying.

Winter weather water damage happens via a number of ways, including:

• A leaking or burst pipe that drains water onto your floor;
• A flood or storm causes leaks in the roof;
• Mop up spills, sludge, and winter weather debris can leave residual water;
• Sewage leaks can have a devastating impact on your hardwood floors.

Depending on the nature and extent of the damage, the wood may warp, swell, crack, or worse. Mold and mildew can also grow and metastasize in the floors, creating a health hazard and an aesthetic problem.

To protect against the dangers – consider finishing the wood with a coating of polyurethane, acrylic, or urethane. Take care when you mop not to use too much water, and if you do use too much, be sure to mop up the excess. Be on the lookout for warped or broken pipes, roofs, shingles, walls, flashing, etc. If you see problems, get them repaired – or hire professional to repair them – to avoid the much more costly option of repairing/replacing the floors themselves.

If you need immediate and urgent help with water-dameged hardwood floors, the experts at Elegant Floors can help.

Connect with us at 650-961-1339

Learn more at www.elegant-floors.com

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