Natural disasters can happen at any moment. While hardwood floors have many benefits, they are vulnerable to water. Flooding can pose significant danger to your hardwood flooring, but there are ways to save or recover it.
Dangers of FloodingWood and water are not compatible, and flooring is the first part of a home impacted by flooding. If you have hardwood floors, floodwater can affect the planks’ condition, especially if the water is standing for a long time. Some of the most common effects of floodwater on hardwood floors include:
- Warping: Planks absorbing too much water can result in distortion, which can continue to make floors uneven. The water damage can also cause hardwood to start buckling, creating ripples around the edges of each plank.
- Mold: Mold can start growing under and within wood planks, with chances of it spreading to other parts of the house.
- Breaks: Water from the flood can break down the glue used to attach your hardwood floor to the subfloor, causing sections to lift and break.