Home Remodeling Doesn't Have to Be Stressful
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Home Remodeling Doesn't Have to Be Stressful

My husband and I wanted to add an addition to our home for years before we finally decided to act on the idea. However, we then realized that we desperately needed to update our kitchen, as well. Before we started the remodeling process, we prepared for what we expected: stress. We made sure we cleared our calendars and didn't have any other major commitments during the remodeling process. However, once we began planning the renovations, we quickly learned that we were actually having a lot of fun! The renovation process also went very smoothly and, now that the process is over, we both joke around that it feels "too quiet" in hear without the company of the contractors. I enjoyed t all so much I decided to start a blog to share my remodeling tips to help others who will soon be taking the plunge!

Home Remodeling Doesn't Have to Be Stressful

How Are Water Damaged Floors Treated After A Flood?

Lee Hunt

If a flood has ravaged your business, then you may be concerned about the amount of water in your building and how it will be removed. You may know that the floors will absorb a great deal of the water, and it does take some effort to clear it away. Keep reading to learn about what a damage contractor may do to mitigate the floor damage as much as possible.

Floor Removal

In some cases, the entire floor may need to be removed and replaced. For example, vinyl, sheet flooring, and carpeting will need to be pulled up and discarded. While some sheet flooring materials can resist moisture, a small crack or opening can let floodwater underneath the floor. In this situation, moisture can become trapped and lead to mold if it is not removed. If there is a question of whether the floor should be discarded or not, professionals will often use a water detection device to check for moisture.

Also, many flooring materials will be placed over a concrete subfloor. Removing the floor allows for airflow around the concrete so it dries more quickly. Concrete can and will dry in a day or two as long as the rest of the building is dry or almost dry.

In some cases, adhesive removal will be completed at the same time as the floor removal. This may be necessary to remove the flooring material in the first place and it is easier to remove adhesive while the floor is still wet.

Board Removal

If your subfloor is made from a plywood, particleboard, or masonite material, then the floor will need to be replaced if it has been submerged in water. In this situation, the floor will absorb water, swell, and buckle. Warping will occur and the floor will not flatten over time.

Fortunately, tongue and groove as well as plank wood flooring will often dry over time. This often takes two to three weeks as long as the floor is exposed to a great deal of airflow. The floors will swell in most cases and boards will be loosened and lifted to reduce warping concerns. Once the floor dries, the swelling is evaluated. If the floor is uneven, then sanding may be necessary to even it out. Also, water damaged sealants and stains will be removed and replaced. This often requires sanding too, so the sanding and the sealing can be completed at the same time. 

Contact professionals from a service like Apex Contracting And Restoration Inc for help mitigating flood damage.