How A Flood Could Affect The Flooring In Your House

Posted on: 28 July 2019

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A flood in your house affects your floors more than anything since even a small flood will cover your floors while the water may not get high enough to cause much harm to your walls or furniture. The type of flooring you have plays a role in how much water damage you have to deal with. Plus, the flood restoration company you hire has to consider the state of the subfloor that's underneath your flooring since it could be wet too. Here's a look at how a flood can affect the flooring in your home.

The Flood Could Contaminate The Flooring

When you call a flood restoration company for help, an important thing they'll want to know is if the flood is clean water from a plumbing pipe or contaminated water from sewage backup or flooding from heavy rain. If the water is clean and it hasn't had time to stagnate and become contaminated, it might be possible to save your flooring rather than throw it out. However, the flooring may need to be pulled up and dried out thoroughly before being put back down. If the water is from a contaminated source, then the restoration company may recommend getting rid of the flooring. This is especially true of carpet since fabric is very difficult to sanitize.

The Water May Ruin The Subfloor

The subfloor is under your carpet, tile, or wood flooring. The subfloor is usually made of wood or plywood, and if it gets wet, it can grow mold or rot. A rotted subfloor will feel spongy, and it may start to sink. It could even break through when you walk on it. Most types of flooring will allow water to seep down to the subfloor, although some flooring does it more readily than others. It's important to get the subfloor dried out fast using commercial dryers and a dehumidifier or it will have to be cut out and replaced.

The Flooring May Have Water Damage

The amount of damage that occurs to your floor will depend in part on how long the floor was under the water. If you bring in professional help right away, it might be possible to save some types of flooring. For instance, even though your carpet may be soaked, it's sometimes possible to remove the carpet, dry it out, and then replace it when the floor and subfloor are completely dry. However, wood flooring may not survive being under water. You might not notice a problem right away, but in time, the wood may warp, crack, or cup. Wood absorbs water, and it's difficult to dry out.

A flood can also dissolve the glue that secures the planks to the subfloor, and when that happens, the planks can get loose. A similar thing can happen to vinyl planks and tiles. They may get loose and pop up. As long as the flooring isn't contaminated, it may be possible to pull up the vinyl tiles or planks and reinstall them when the floor is dry. In the case of wood flooring, the damaged planks may need to be replaced since water damaged wood flooring is sometimes beyond repair.

For more information, reach out to a flood damage restoration company in your area.