Updated: Jun 10, 2018
The classic homeowner’s nightmare - coming home after a long day of work to find that your kitchen floor has turned into a small swimming pool. What next? Each flooring requires a different approach.
Carpet - Although wet carpet can be saved in the short term, if left too long this flooring can mold or “de-laminate,” and is then past any possible restoration. This can portray itself in several ways- a “rippling” look to the carpet, the carpet seam becomes undone, or fibers can begin to deteriorate. To avoid this, you must do your best to soak up all the moisture, which can be difficult if it has seeped into the underlayment. If the moisture exposure is significant/lengthy, the best option is to remove the wet underlayment and have it replaced.
Hardwood - Typical signs of water damage to hardwood include cupping, dark spots, bulging, or buckling. Solid hardwood flooring can be repaired after water damage with specialty drying equipment, whereas damaged engineered hardwood will need to be replaced.
Laminate - Laminate flooring soaks up water quickly, as layers below the laminate finish to swell and separate. Depending on the size of the spill, typically the laminate flooring will need to be completely replaced if the water has seeped through the floor.
Tile - Although tile is resistant to moisture, it is very difficult to repair the flooring once damaged. Moisture destroys the adhesive that holds your tiles down, so be sure to dry your flooring quickly as soon as any spill occurs. If damage occurs, you must replace the affected tiles and usually the surrounding area.
If you have a major spill in your home, there are several steps you can take to mitigate the damage. Immediately dry the affected area and be sure to check underneath the floor for further deterioration. Depending on what you find, take the appropriate steps as listed above to fix your flooring in no time!