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How to stem the causes of water damage to wood flooring.

Posted September 29, 2020 by Litchfield Floor Renovations

Here at Litchfield Floor Renovations we understand your hardwood floor is a key feature of your property; an authentic material affording you a cherished sense of homeliness. A beautiful wooden floor is inviting, pleasing to the eye. Owing to its robust nature, wooden floors often improve with age and coupled with the right care, can last for years.

There is little quite as disheartening as seeing a timeless feature marred by water damage, but thankfully there are solutions available to restore your floor to its former glory, and even get it looking better than before!

The impact of water on wooden floors

Water-damage to your hardwood flooring can range from minor to severe with potential damage to both the surface and underside of your hardwood flooring.

With slow leaking pipes, water damage is likely to build up gradually. You may notice areas of minor discolouring as often minor water damage causes floorboards to lighten or turn white in areas, you may also notice areas of damp on the floor.

More severe water damage may be caused by suddenly burst pipes or storm damage. Severe damage will be immediately apparent, you may notice pools of water on the floor, heavily sodden boards or wet drywall.

What should I do if I suspect water damage to my hardwood flooring?

First of all, ensure the cause of the water damage been resolved to prevent any future leaks or build-up of water. The area subjected to water damage should be fully dried as soon as possible to prevent further damage occurring to the floor.

For minor water damage, we are often able to sand and reseal your floor which helps to prevent the development of more serious problems to the floor.  If however you suspect your floor has been subject to severe water damage you should contact us immediately, before the floorboards have a chance to warp or split.

By intervening as early as possible, there is a chance to refurbish and restore the damaged floorboards without the need to install a whole new wooden floor.

Preventing water damage

To prevent any further damage occurring to your wooden floor, identify and fix the cause of the water damage prior to undertaking repairs.

Minimise the amount of water your floor comes into contact with through cleaning. Regularly waxing your floors and strategically placing rugs to catch spills will help further minimise the risk of damage.

You can see some of the examples of water damaged floors we have restored in our gallery. At LFR we are specialists in restoring and repairing all types of wood flooring. Contact us today to discuss the nature of your problem and find the right solution for you and your floor.

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