Water has the potential to wreck havoc on your home or business. It can destroy wood, carpet, tile, linoleum, rugs, and even walls, depending on the amount of sedentary water in the afflicted area. If mold begins to grow and subsequently spread throughout a structure, it can even pose a serious threat to your health. Water damage, under any circumstance, is not to be taken lightly. You need to know what to expect.
While many events are out of your control, how you react is not. To abate damage during unfortunate situations like water damage, it’s crucial to contact a licensed restoration professional as soon as possible. A quick response time can mean the difference between spending hundreds of dollars restoring floors and thousands of dollars to completely eradicate and replace flooring.
Water Damaged Carpet
Each situation should be examined on a case-by-case basis, but the premise remains the same. An expert will come out to your home or business and evaluate whether the carpet needs to be restored or removed completely. Occasionally carpet may be salvaged if the culprit is sanitary water, but if the water is caused by sewage or groundwater, it will need to be confiscated and replaced at once. There are a number of beneficial steps you can take prior to the restoration of your carpet in order to minimize loss:
- Stay off of it. Avoid foot traffic on the distressed carpet until it has been treated.
- Determine where the water is coming from. If possible, try to stop the water at its source. An overflowing tub or dishwasher can often be halted, and you may be able to turn off power to the affected area.
- Remove items that are safe to move. The quicker you are able to relocate your prized possessions, the more likely you’ll be able to save them. As a reminder, electronics submerged in water should never be touched.
- Contact your insurance agent. They’ll be able to answer any questions, advise you on what your next steps should be, and hone you in on what to expect in terms of replacement.
If you notice any discoloration or unpleasant odor seeping from your carpet after exposure to water damage, even if does not seem to be soaked with water, it’s possible it will need to be restored.
Water Damaged Wood Floors
When wood floors are subjected to large quantities of water, damage will ensue and you’ll need to act fast. Side effects of prolonged water exposure include cupping, discoloration, heaving, warping, loose boards, and mold growth. If you attempt to take matters into your own hands and completely dry out the top layer, there’s a possibility that water could still be lingering underneath the boards, and continue to cause problems until it is removed.
Mold has the potential to grow on floors when the moisture content reaches 16% or greater. The normal moisture content of wood floors is anywhere between 6% and 12%, but in the presence of water, can increase to 40% and remain at high levels for months if left to dry out on its own. This is why mold is often labeled “the silent killer” and a compelling example of why it’s always best to have a professional team come out to evaluate water damage.
Water Damaged Tile
Tile rarely sustains significant water damage after a flood or other unfortunate event, making it a highly sought out medium for many homeowners. However, it does happen from time to time. Certain types of marble are prone to erosion, and grout and mortar tend to deteriorate when faced with large amounts of water. Prolonged exposure to water can destroy marble, granite, limestone, terrazzo, and tile flooring over time. Damage that is caused by flooding may not be obvious and often takes months to appear, so it’s always a good idea to contact a water restoration company for a consultation if you suspect any damage to your tile. Regular maintenance of tile flooring, including the resealing of grout regularly, can often prevent water damage from occurring.