Discovering water damaged floors in your home can be stressful, inconvenient and even dangerous to your health if they aren’t attended to right away. It’s important to identify where the water came from. The type of clean up necessary can depend on what type of water did the damage. This will help you decide if it’s best to repair or replace your floors. It will also help you decide whether or not you need to call in a water damage restoration company.
Identifying Water Damage
When you first discover that there is water damage to the floors in your home, quickly identify where it came from. This will help you figure out what type of water did the damage. There are three types of water that can damage floors:
1. Clean Water Damage- This type of water comes from a place where the water is clean. If someone left an empty sink or bathtub running and the water ran over the sides onto the floor, it would be clean water. Clean water will also come from a refrigerator water line leaking.
2. Gray Water Damage- This type of water isn’t clean and has a contaminant. For example, if a dishwasher or washing machine leaked, the water would be slightly dirty or gray. Some rain water is also considered gray water.
3. Black or Toxic Water Damage- This type of water can be raw sewage from a sewer line that is backing up into your home. It can be from a toilet overflowing or seawater flooding into your home. This type of water has harmful agents, pathogens or toxins in it. If black or toxic water has damaged your floors, it’s best to prepare for a water damage restoration company to come in, take up the flooring and decontaminate underneath it.
Decide Whether to Repair or Replace Your Floors
After you identify where the water came from and what type of water did the damage, it’s time to decide whether you’re going to repair or replace your floors. If it’s clean or gray water that did the damage, you may be able to save your floors. If the water got onto your floors and didn’t stay on top of them for too long, they may be able to be saved. If there’s not a lot of water sitting underneath the flooring, there’s a good chance you can repair the floors, especially if they’re laminate. You’ll just need to know how to repair laminate floor water damage.
Preparation of Water Damage Restoration
If you’ve decided that you can save your floors, it’s important to know how to fix laminate floor water damage. The first thing to do is the soak up all of the water with towels. Then wipe the floors clean. Next, take a wet vacuum and vacuum the laminate flooring at the seams and between the pieces of laminate flooring. This will soak up any water that is seeping through the seems. Do this over and over until there’s no more water coming up. Use a dehumidifier to get the water and moisture out of the air. This will also pull the moisture up from the laminate flooring. Finally, use fans to further dry the flooring.
Hiring a water damage restoration company is important if you have black or toxic water damage or if your floors aren’t deemed able to be saved. A professional water damage restoration company will provide you with the best demolition and decontamination services.
If you’d like to know more about how we can help you, call us for a FREE Consultation at (504)326-6999. We take pride in our water damage restoration services in New Orleans.