How Do I Fix Water Damaged Floors?

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Here’s What to Do If You Have Water-Damaged Floors

Coming home to a flooded floor can strike panic in the heart of any homeowner. But before your despair, you can start drying, cleaning, and sanitizing floors ASAP to try to mitigate damage. Follow these tips to take care of flooded floors and restore them to their former glory.

Safety First

Before getting started, make sure your electricity is shut off in the flooded area to prevent electrocution hazards. If the electrical box is located in a damp or flooded area, call an electrician to assist you.

You should also wear protective gear like durable boots, gloves, goggles, long pants, and a mask before you start flooded floor remediation.

Remove Water

If you have sitting water, you’ll need to remove it quickly before it causes serious water damage to your floors and the rest of your home. If there is major flooding, call in a local water damage remediation pro to assist you instead.

  • Bucket: Use a plastic bucket to start scooping up the water from the floors.
  • Wet-Dry Vacuum: A wet-dry vacuum will be able to help remove about 5 to 10 gallons of water per minute. Do not use regular vacuums for sucking up water, as they aren’t designed to handle water and pose an electrocution risk. If there is major flooding, you’ll need to do this in stages, or you’ll risk collapse, so it’s best to call in a pro.
  • Squeegee: After you remove most of the water, use a squeegee to push smaller puddles of standing water outside or towards the wet-dry vac for collection.
  • Mop: Finally, use a mop to soak up any last bits of water on the floors.

Carpeted Floors

As soon as you can, remove the carpet to prevent mold growth or buckling of the subfloor. Unfortunately, if indoor carpets and their padding are flooded, they often soak up contaminated water and will need to be replaced. You might be able to save outdoor carpets or basement carpets that are placed above concrete subfloors.

  • Use a wet-dry vacuum to soak up as much water as possible.
  • Pull up carpets to dry or replace the padding beneath them.
  • Use an extraction or steam cleaner on carpets. Alternatively, hire a local professional carpet cleaner for the deepest clean.
  • Sanitize with disinfectant spray.

Tile Floors

Tile floors are pretty water-resistant, so cleaning flooded tile floors is a simple job. You may need to pull up one or two tiles to check the subfloor for water damage, but generally, the tile and grout will prevent water from soaking into the subfloor.

  • Scrub the floor with soap and warm water.
  • Rinse away the cleaner with water.
  • Dry-mop the floors to soak up any remaining water.

What to Do If Your Cleaning Efforts Aren’t Successful

Unfortunately, if the floodwater has been sitting for several hours, you may need to replace the flooring. In addition to being susceptible to mold, items that sit in flooded water for long periods of time could also be contaminated. If you’re unsure if you are able to properly clean and sanitize your floors, you’ll want to consult a flooring professional.

Contact us at J and R’s Carpet Cleaning with any questions you might have!

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