My Floors Have Water Damage: What Should I Do?
Timber floors already account for more than 25% of the flooring industry, according to the Australian Timber Flooring Association (ATFA), and for good reason. Natural timber flooring is attractive, useful, and resilient, and will last a lifetime if properly cared for.
That is why it is critical to address a water-damaged wooden floor as soon as possible. The longer you leave your timber floor untreated, the greater the long-term damage will be. However, knowing the ins and outs of how to handle the process might be difficult. How can water damage happen? What happens if a damaged hardwood floor is not repaired? And when should you seek the assistance of a professional to preserve and repair your wooden floors?
How Does Water Damage Happen?
Most of the flooring in your house will see a lot of wear and tear over time, and water damage may be one of the concerns you’ll have to deal with. Surprisingly, most water damage concerns are not caused by floods or strong rainfall. Unseen pools of water, malfunctioning appliances, and excessive indoor moisture from a number of sources, as well as pet’s water bowls, plumbing troubles, overfilled indoor plants, and moisture that has seeped up from the sub-floor, can all contribute to a water damaged hardwood floor.
What Happens If I Ignore My Water Damaged Floors?
Not caring about and fixing timber flooring on time can lead to a number of larger concerns that, if ignored for too long, can result in costly and sometimes irreparable problems. Water trapped in enclosed sub-floor spaces can lead to mould development, which can be harmful to your family’s health, and moisture trapped in timber floors can spread to other sections of your house, including neighbouring walls and carpets. Unfortunately, this may lead to even greater issues, such as your home’s structural stability being jeopardised.
Why Should I Hire A Professional?
When dealing with a water-damaged wooden floor, remember that time is everything. The longer the floor goes ignored, the worse the long-term consequences will be. If your hardwood floors have been swamped with enormous amounts of water, you see deep stains or bowed flooring, or water damage has caused rotting, the situation will be considerably more complicated than simple home maintenance. The effects of water damage on a wooden floor, as well as the procedures involved in repairing it, can vary depending on the timber species of both your floor and your sub-floor, and only a professional can truly determine the next steps in terms of salvaging the existing floor or replacing it with a new one.
Contact Four Star Flooring if you have any water-damaged timber! The team will be quick to help restore your floors back to life!