Hardwood Floor Water Damage and Repair

Hardwood floors are a great way to add elegance and beauty to any home. Today, advances in technology have made them so that they can be easily installed by the average person with simple tools. The only disadvantage of this type of flooring is the potential for damage to occur if you are not careful.

Water damage is the fastest and easiest way to harm your hardwood floor. Water damage usually occurs when someone mops the floor with water or using too much of a liquid floor cleaner.  Accidents, spills, leaks and floods are other culprits.

Even today, when wood floors are made to be waterproof, they are not 100% waterproof.  With this in mind that you should clean your floor dry or with specially designed brushes.  Floor cleaners should be used sparingly.

The wood can be easily damaged by water or rot. Flooring is stained and sealed to provide some protection against water. To avoid damage, be sure not to use wood floors in areas that are prone to be wet, as entrances or bathrooms. Also, clean the floor with a product that is wax-based, not water based. The application of wax, not only helps to avoid water damage, it also helps slow the deterioration process.

It is much easier to prevent damage to your wood floors then repair them after.  However, unfortunate situations occur and it may become necessary to replace or repair a floor that is damaged. Fortunately, the replacement of a floor board is much easier than having to redo the entire floor.

If you spill water on your hardwood floor, it is imperative to immediately clean and dry the area thoroughly. Prevention of water soaking through the finish is the best way to keep your floor damage to an absolute minimum. However, if the water does soak through and you notice a gray area or fog, you can try to remove it with some of the popular home remedies.

In some cases, if there is a water mark on your floor, you may be tempted to replace the entire floor to get rid of it. This is not always the best remedy. You should first to see if it is a problem that can be corrected by sanding and finishing only the affected area.

Taking care of a little square yourself, will not be as big a problem, compared to changing the entire surface. However, if the stain is not really manageable, you still may end up doing the replacement job after all.

The big concern with water pooling on your floor, is that it will have the ability to infiltrate into the ground between the planks and attack wood from the underside. These are the most vulnerable places and prolonged exposure to excess water can cause your floor to peel, buckle or warp.

After repairing the water damage, you’ll need to restore the finish.  It is important to note if you have a polyurethane finish or wax and buy the same finish in your area. After applying the first coat, let it dry. Before adding a second layer, go to the first layer with a pad of steel wool. After erasing debris, you can add your second and final layer.

Despite all the damage for most people it makes no financial sense to replace a hardwood floor. May you not realize, but the restoration of hardwood floors is much less complex in most cases than to replace. It can be extremely costly and impractical to have replaced your floor if we are talking about a large area of the house.

You might be tempted to hire a professional to begin to restore hardwood floors in your home. They will, after all, know more about the process. But it will be expensive and If you have a little ambition and patience, the restoration of wood floors is not very difficult and it can be very rewarding.

It is fairly easy to redo a hardwood floor – if you pay attention to what you do. You need a drum sander, and possibly a belt sander which can be rented at a Home Depot in your neighborhood. They can help you determine what machines you need to rent, what kind of sand paper you must purchase and can also help with the type and amount of stain and finishing the floor. You can also get dust masks and plastic off the section of the room from the rest of the house. Fine particles of dust will be everywhere – even if you have sectioned off the room, but you may be able to minimize the impact on the rest of the house.

Remember when learning how to repair hardwood floors that have been water damaged, if your floor is so bad that it has distorted, it is a bad sign. Buckling means your drying methods have failed because the water still exists. When this occurs, it is preferable in many professionals’ opinions to let it go and start over with new flooring.

You’ve invested money, and perhaps a lot of time to get your floors looking amazing. By taking care of them, you can avoid costly repairs and keep your hardwood floors looking as good as new.