Fix Water Damaged Floors
It’s a nightmare situation: Your home has flooded or otherwise suffered water damage. And now you want to start fixing the problem immediately.
Before you get too deep into DIY water restoration, know that it’s important to find a water damage restoration professionals to help with the more intensive portions of the project. That’s said, there are DIY water restoration tips that you can take advantage of as you start to fix water-damaged floors. Here’s a look at some of the things you can start doing before you call in the professionals:
- Removing Furniture and Other Items: You’ll first want to clear the space that’s been damaged. Start by getting furniture and other assets out of the room. This is important so you have a clear space to work in and because the moisture-heavy air that occurs after water damage can start to damage wood furniture and other wood items.
This is an easy thing to do for those in DIY water restoration mode. Get the furniture out of the space and make sure you’re ready to get to work.
- Removing the Actual Floor: If you have a hardwood floor, you'll need to use a crowbar or another lever to start ripping up damaged boards. This is important in that it can give you an indication of what you're dealing with underneath the flooring. Pulling up damaged boards helps you get a jumpstart on cleanup, and it also gives you the chance to start vacuuming up or soaking up the water that's under the floor.
And, finally, if you've never seen beneath your flooring, it gives you an idea of whether or not you have a subfloor, which can introduce another series of challenges in water damage restoration.
- Moving Air, Removing Moisture: Perhaps the easiest thing you can do as you seek to fix water-damaged floors is to start moving the air and removing the moisture. Use fans or professional-grade air movers in affected areas to start removing moisture from soaked flooring and other portions of your home. A dehumidifier can actively remove moisture from the air after water damage occurs, which is an important step in drying out the affected areas of your home.
DIY water restoration starts with these three steps. Then, it’s time to bring in professionals who can provide expert guidance, support and service as you seek to fully restore your home and its assets. At ServiceMaster of Lincoln Park, we have the team, knowledge, experience and tools to help you fully restore your home to pristine condition.
We can help in emergency situations, we can help remove water and we can even help reinstall fixtures and clean up at the end of a project. Let us be your first call in a water damage restoration situation. Contact us today about your need to fix water-damaged floors.