Water damage is one of the most devastating things a homeowner will ever have to deal with. Last week, we described the best way to repair a water damaged ceiling in our blog, “Home Improvement FAQs: Can I Repair a Water Damaged Ceiling?” This week, we are going to address another frequently asked question about water damage.
How do I Repair a Water Damaged Floor?
Dealing with a water damaged floor is never easy. However, if you follow these simple steps, you may be able to effectively repair your floor.
- Fix the Issue: As we said in last week’s blog, there is no point in fixing a water damaged floor if you do not first fix the source of the damage, most likely a leaky roof or pipe. To fix the underlying issue, you may need to call in a professional plumber or roofer.
- Water Removal: Next, remove any excess water and thoroughly dry the area. If there is not much water, you may be able to do this with a mop and a wet vac. If there is standing water, you may need to enlist the help of a water damage specialist, like ServiceMaster of Baltimore. Our experienced, knowledgeable, certified, and licensed restoration technicians are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to provide help within hours of your initial call.
- Remove Damage Flooring: If there is noticeable damage after you have dried the floor, you will need to remove the damaged area. If you are dealing with damaged carpet, just remove the entire carpet.
- Examine the Subfloor: Examine the subfloor for damage. If you have a plywood subfloor, you may need to replace it. Remove the damaged area and replace it with fresh plywood. If there is padding underneath the damaged carpet, you should remove it as well as it will never dry properly.
- Replace the Floor: Once you have replaced the damaged subfloor, you can go ahead and replace the flooring, as well. If you are not able to match new flooring with the old, you may need to replace the entire floor. If you are dealing with hardwood, you should be able to sand the new floor and refinish it to seamlessly match the existing floor.
- Enjoy Your New Floor!
We hope you have found these home improvement tips helpful. Continue to check back for new tips each and every week. The next frequently asked home improvement question we are going to tackle is “How do I Repair a Water Damaged Wall?”