What to Do with Water-Damaged Hardwood Floors

If your hardwood floors have been damaged by water, there are several steps you can take to repair them:

  1. Remove the water: Use a wet-dry vacuum or mop to remove as much water as possible from the affected area. If the damage is severe, you may need to hire a professional water damage restoration service.

  2. Dry the floors: Use fans and dehumidifiers to dry the affected area as quickly as possible. This will help prevent further damage and mold growth.

  3. Inspect for damage: Once the area is dry, inspect the flooring for any signs of damage, such as cupping, warping, or discoloration.

  4. Sand and refinish: If the damage is limited to the surface of the wood, you may be able to sand and refinish the affected area to restore the floors to their original condition.

  5. Replace damaged planks: If the damage is more severe and the planks are warped,cupped or discolored, you may need to replace damaged planks.

  6. Apply sealant: Once the repairs are complete, apply a sealant to the flooring to protect it from future water damage.

It is important to address water damage as soon as possible to prevent further damage and potential health hazards, and it's always best to consult a professional for an assessment and the best course of action.