Flooding or other sources of water damage always causes some type of damage to your property, usually more often to your floors. If you have natural wooden floors, this can be of a major concern as the worst enemy of your wooden floors is any standing water.

As a homeowner, or responsible renter, it is important to know how to prevent major damage to your wood floors after any flooding. Restoring or replacing wood floors can also be quite expensive, so prevention and minimization of damage are key.

Here are a few pointers to protect your floors after any type of flooding.

Clean Up Any Standing Water

Depending on the source of the water, your clean up methods may vary. If the flooding is due to water intrusion from rain water or a source outside, then you’ll need to stop the water from coming in and clean up the water that did manage to get in. If the water is from a burst pipe, you’ll need to turn the water off at the main valve before attempting clean up. However, if the flooding is due to backflow from a septic system, you’ll need to proceed with caution as the water will be full of bacteria among other things. Your best solution is to shut of the water at the main valve and leave the home. Once you are safe from the contaminated water, contact a water damage repair company – they’ll have the right equipment and gear to clean up and make repairs after damage cause by contaminated water.

Eliminate Standing Water

If the source is not from contaminated water, then once you have stopped additional water from being an issue, its time to eliminate the excess water from the surface of your wooden floor. You can use the wet-dry vacuum or even your mop to eliminate any standing water. Make sure to remove as much water as possible, as quickly as possible to minimize damage to wood floors.

Remove Everything From The Surface Of Your Wood Floors

To help reduce standing water you should remove everything that can hinder your activity such as furniture or area rugs. This can not only help you reach standing water that would be hard to get to but to also minimize water trapped against the floor and more quickly dry the area.

Open The Windows, Turn On The Fans

One of the best ways to eliminate the water from your floors is by allowing the sunlight to enter your space. You can do this by opening your windows and encourage the airflow inside your area. Turn on ceiling fans and use a large fan to help circulate more air. Also, this practice is useful in getting the condensation and moisture to evaporate faster.

Call A Pro

Even with all of your efforts, it is likely that your wood floors absorbed some of the standing water and are at a high risk for damage. To prevent warping and discoloration, contact Fortis Remediation for water damage control and restoration.