One of the worst feelings as a homeowner is realizing that you need to repair and/or replace your water-damaged floor. Water damage can occur slowly over time from a dripping sink or refrigerator, or can occur quickly in a large accident. Either way, with the proper knowledge it is possible for you to repair your floor. By following a few steps that the crew at Floor Coverings International of Austin will share below, you can tackle this project yourself.
Step 1: Get Rid of the Water
This step is crucial as if you don’t get rid of all of the water, you’ll eventually have to repeat this process and start over. Thoroughly dry the area with towels and a wet vacuum. Use fans around the damaged area to help dry it out as well. You can also leave dehumidifiers running near the damaged area for a couple of days. After you’ve completed this process and are 100% sure that the water is removed, it’s time to get to work.
Step 2: Remove the Damaged Flooring
Use a saw to cut into the flooring, but be sure to follow safety precautions and that you are comfortable with operating a saw. For hardwood, you can insert a pry bar and use your muscle to pull the damaged boards up and out. For laminate or other floors, start by removing the floor along the nearest wall and work your way towards the getting all of the damaged flooring.
Step 3: Inspect the Subfloor
Once the damaged flooring is removed, make sure to do a full inspection on the condition of the sub floor. If you notice that the subfloor such as plywood or concrete areas are showing signs of damage, you’ll need to replace the sub flooring as well. Again, make sure these areas are completely dry by utilizing fans or dehumidifiers.
Step 4: Replace the Floor
Depending on the type of flooring you want to replace, be sure to have a full understanding of how to install it from the place you purchased the flooring from, or hire a professional. Floor Coverings International of Austin can absolutely help with this, as flooring is our specialty. You will likely need to install a new pad under the damaged areas too. You can check around to find the perfect match for the existing flooring.
Step 5: Finish the Floor
Again, depending on the type of flooring you are installing, you may need to sand and stain the wood floors, or you might want a finishing coat over the top of another type of flooring. Make sure it’s completely dry before you move back in furniture or other items into the room.
If this sounds a little overwhelming, professionals are there to help with issues like this. We’ll work with your timeline, budget, and schedule to make sure this process is a smooth one as repairing damaged flooring is a tough DIY project to tackle, but absolutely is possible. Give us a call with any questions you may have!