The snow is slowly melting and the temperatures are rising. You know what that means, water…everywhere and a risk for potential flooding! The warmer temperatures might be nice for you, but your hardwood floors are another story. Unfortunately, real hardwood floors are not waterproof and run the risk of absorbing moisture and high amounts of moisture and water can potentially cause catastrophic damage to wood. Sometimes, you may not even know that your floors are harboring moisture and the damage goes unseen. Here are a few signs to look for…
- Minor Damage – Evidence of minor damage to a wood floor is a hazy or white stain on the surface. Treat this minor surface damage by thoroughly cleaning or applying another coat of finish.
- Severe Damage – When wood flooring is faced with severe damage, the mess needs to be handled quickly to prevent permanent damage. If your floors have severe damage, you will most likely see puddles of standing water, squishy boards, and damp walls around the edges of your baseboards. Drying out the area is the first goal and if this can’t be accomplished quickly, homeowners should reach out to a trusted professional immediately. Air movement is essential to restoring your floor.
- Mold Growth –If your floors have mold, it will most likely look like black stains on your floors. Mold is not only damaging to your floors, but it is harmful to a homeowner’s health and it needs to be treated immediately. Treatment of mold growth often includes removing the wax finish and treating the floor with oxalic acid crystals and hot water to kill the mold. After the mold has been treated, the area must be stained and sealed. A homeowner should have a contractor or a professional to assess the clean up to make sure all the mold has been removed.
- Subfloor Damage – A subfloor is the structural floor beneath the finish of a hardwood floor. Many times, subfloors are plywood, but consist of pine in older homes. Damage to subfloors can be seen as common issues such as, popping or cracking boards. If you do not know how to fix these issues, you can contact a Basic Coating’s professional today.
Micah Petersen, Product Manager for Basic Coatings, spent the first 15 years of his career as a Research and Development Chemist before becoming Product Manager. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family and a multitude of outdoor activities. For further questions regarding hardwood floor care and Basic Coatings, please email Micah at Micahblog@basiccoatings.com.