You may value your hardwood flooring for obvious reasons—the flooring is versatile, long-lasting, and pretty durable. However, there is one major enemy of hardwood flooring: water. If you have hardwood flooring in your home, excess amounts of moisture or water can really pose a lot of problems. In fact, wood flooring is one of the most commonly damaged items in a home after a major flood or water-related event. Thankfully, a skilled water damage restoration company can help get your wood flooring back to its former state. Take a look at some of the common ways hardwood flooring is damaged by water.
Improper Cleaning Practices
When your wood flooring is installed, the installer will give you guidelines from the manufacturer about how to properly clean the flooring. While pretty much all types of wood flooring can stand up to the occasional improper cleaning, using too much water or the wrong chemicals on your flooring over time can quickly lead to water damage. For example, a common household flooring cleaner made for vinyl may have chemical compounds in the formula that break down the protective sealer on the flooring. As you mop, the moisture that you are using may penetrate the wood because the chemical cleaning solution breaks down the finish to allow that to happen.
Home Plumbing Issues
Any time you have a small plumbing issue and a wood floor in your home, tending to the problem as quickly as possible is especially important. Even small water leaks that are allowed to pool on your hardwood floor will start to deteriorate the finish, cause the wood to swell, and the problem to spread outward from the point of the leak. For example, if you have a small leak coming from your kitchen's dishwasher, the small amount of water can saturate the wood flooring around the dishwasher. Eventually, if the problem is left unaddressed, you could easily end up needing water damage restoration of your entire kitchen floor.
Ill-Trained Household Pets
A new puppy in the house, a house cat that refuses to use a litter pan, and even smaller pets can cause water damage to your hardwood flooring with time. Pet urine can be acidic by nature, so when portions of your wood flooring are urinated on by pets repeatedly, the wood can start to degrade. Typically, the home water damage restoration process will involve removing the damaged section of flooring, replacing any of the subfloor that has been affected, and then working in new pieces to match the remaining flooring.