Due to its flexibility and resilience, laminate is one of the most popular flooding choices available. Laminate is composed of a high-density fiberboard coated in resin which also makes it fairly well-protected against water damage. Still, in a large enough water damage incident, damage can still occur. To help you avoid water damage to your laminate flooring, here are three tips from our water damage restoration experts at Rainbow International of Oxford in Torrington.
Remove Standing Water
The first step in any water damage restoration job of promptly removing the standing floodwater is a key element of saving laminate flooring after a flood. The reason for this is that the longer the standing floodwater remains, the more likely it is that the water will find its way underneath the laminate flooring which is when the real damage begins to occur.
Pull Up The Flooring
To remove any moisture that did seep beneath the flooding, you will need to pull up your flooring to dry out any moisture that remains underneath it. This step may be a hassle, but its importance can’t be overlooked since water underneath the flooring can cause significant damage in the long run.
Dry Each Floorboard Thoroughly
Prop up each floorboard and use high-volume fans and dehumidifiers to dry them quickly. Make sure your floorboards are straight when you do this. Otherwise, they may dry in a warped or bent shape. This will make it more difficult to reinstall the laminate flooring once the water damage restoration is complete.
Dry The Subfloor
During the time that the laminate boards are drying, take care to remove any remaining moisture or water from the subfloor. Use towels to soak up the water and then fans to dry the area thoroughly.
Clean And Disinfect
Floodwater often contains dangerous contaminants so a key step of the water damage restoration process is cleaning and disinfecting the areas affected by the flood. Even if the water wasn’t contaminated, this is still a good idea to be extra cautious. To disinfect the laminate boards, you should wash them with soap and warm water to thoroughly remove any dirt, debris, or other contaminants. Then, the area should be dried with a towel and disinfected with bleach.
Reinstall The Floorboards
Good news! The restoration job is done at this point, and all you need to do is reinstall the floorboards. Make sure that you do this only after all the moisture has been completely removed. You should also be prepared to replace some of the laminate boards if they were damaged beyond repair. If it is borderline whether you can save them, it’s probably best to plan on replacing them since laminate floorboards are fairly inexpensive.
Your laminate flooring should be a positive aspect of your home, not a liability. By following the above tips after a flood, you will be able to do just that for your laminate flooring. Don’t waste any time before giving us a call at Rainbow International of Oxford in Torrington for help with water damage restoration.