Your hardwood flooring is elegant, sturdy, and adds value to your home. Protecting your hardwoods from scratches and minor spills is easy. However, how do you prevent major damage to your hardwoods, even after a flood has occurred? Luckily, there are several things you can do to prevent major damage from occurring every day and after a flood or burst pipe.
Here are a few tips to help you protect your hardwood flooring from water damage.
Monitor Your Plumbing for Leaks
Watch for signs of plumbing leaks throughout your home, not just the areas near your hardwood floors. For example, open the cabinet doors under your sinks and check for pipes for damage and the cabinet for water damage. Look for water stains on the walls and ceiling, which are signs there is a leaking pipe you cannot see.
Hire a plumber to inspect your pipes once-a-year. A professional can catch and repair a minor leak before it becomes a major issue.
Maintain Your Home's Humidity
The summer's heat and high humidity can not only make your hair unmanageable, it can also damage and warp your hardwood flooring. Take the steps to lower the humidity in your home when you feel it rising. For example, purchase a portable dehumidifier and install it near your hardwood flooring. Opening the windows, turning on several box fans, and keeping your oven's exhaust fan running can also help control the humidity in your home.
Sealants protect your hardwood flooring from scratches, dings, and water damage. Apply a fresh layer of sealant according to the package directions or hire a professional to tackle this chore. A wax sealant typically needs to be reapplied once a year. Water based or oil based polyurethane sealants will protect your hardwood flooring for several years before a fresh coat is required.
Contact a Professional Immediately After a Flood
Finally, if a pipe has burst, the sewer backed up, or heavy rain caused a flood, the best way to protect your hardwood flooring from sustaining too much damage is to contact a professional restoration company. The process of removing the water, drying the hardwood, and preventing mold and mildew is extensive and should be handled by a professional with the right tools and experience.
Your hardwood flooring is an investment that when taken care of correctly, can last a lifetime. Luckily, there are several things you can do to protect your hardwood flooring from damage. For more help, contact a flood damage repair service.