Tips For Restoring Your Hardwood Floors After Water Damage

Water damage to your hardwood floors can be a painful experience. One of the most valuable, beautiful parts of your home has been damaged and might have to be replaced. Here are some tips for determining if you are going to need to replace the wood after it has been damaged by water and, if it can be restored, how you can go about doing that. 

1. Check To See if Your Floor is Cupped

The first thing that you are going to need to do is check to see if your floor is cupped. This means that the center of your hardwood floor has a slope downward from the edges of your hardwood floor that are closest to the walls of your room. This is a common problem in hardwood floors, especially those that have been exposed to a great deal of water. If your floor has minor cupping, meaning that it is almost flat and that the center isn't too far off from the edges, then you might be able to save the floor. If the floor has a distinct slope downward from the edges, then the wood is going to need to be replaced. If you don't have cupping, then you should be able to salvage the wood.

2. Get Rid of the Water Beneath the Floorboards

Most of the water that your hardwood floor will be exposed to is not on top of the floor but beneath it. If you've had a flood, water will get trapped underneath the floorboards. You need to hire professionals to get rid of this bulk moisture and ensure that your wood is not being constantly exposed to a great deal of water. You can tell if you have bulk moisture underneath your floorboards by simply walking on them. If you shifting the pressure applied to the floor causing a sloshing sound, then you have water that you will need to remove.

3. Install Vacuum Panels

Finally, you will need to utilize vacuum panels in order to get the water out of the wood itself. You can install these panels if your floor is still relatively flat and the excess moisture is removed. These vacuum panels will force the water out of the wood by applying enough downward pressure that the vapor differential is great enough to get the water out of the floor assembly.

For more information, talk to a company that specializes in flood damage restoration, such as Complete Restoration Services.