Flooring Water Damage Tips

Tips on How To Repair Water Damage To Your Floors and Carpets




Have you ever experienced flooding in your home?   Whether it’s caused by severe weather, burst pipes, an overflowing toilet or appliance leaks, dealing with it and the subsequent damage water causes can be a nightmare.  


When disaster strikes, one of people’s first concerns usually is their floors.  Will they be able to come out of it unscathed? The best you can hope for is minimal damage.  


Unfortunately, water damage can cause a number of flooring problems.  Dealing with the cleanup and repair after water damage can be overwhelming.


What are some of the concerns that property owners face when dealing with water damage to floors?

  • Carpet odor and discoloration

  • Mold and mildew growth

  • Cost of repair

Fortunately, help is within reach! Five Star Restoration offers the best solutions for this kind of emergency.  We specialize in removing and drying water damage caused by pipe leaks, slab leaks, sewer backups, water heater failure, roof leaks and more.

Signs of Water Damage To Floors

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Each type of flooring shows different signs of water damage. Here is what to look for when inspecting your floors:


Hardwood Floors

  ✓ Buckling: Floor planks are completely separated and removed from the floor base below.

  ✓ Dark Spots: Stains are telltale signs. They may also be evidence of mold or mildew.

  ✓ Bulging: Wood planks bubble upwards.

  ✓ Cupping: Planks have raised edges but have dips in the middle.


Laminate Flooring

   ✓ Discoloration: This may be due to mold or mildew.

  ✓ Warping: Planks are no longer flat and are either cupping or bulging.

  ✓ Swelling: This is most evident at the edges.



   ✓Musty Odor: Usually caused by mold or mildew.

  ✓ Discoloration: Can be a sign of standing water or mildew growth.



  ✓  Discoloration: Any sign of stains can indicate water damage.

  ✓  Hollow Sound: When tiles give off a hollow sound when tapped it means they have become loose.

  ✓ Damaged Grout: Cracked or missing pieces of grout.



  ✓ Discoloration

  ✓ Bulging

Repairing Water Damage To Floors

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Before any floor repair can be done, if the floors are salvageable, it is important to have the flooring material and surface below thoroughly dried.  When you have experienced serious flooding and water damage, call on the experts to completely dry affected areas.


The type of flooring you have in your home determines the best strategy to dry it when it has been water damaged.  The caution in repairing your water-damaged floors is to be sure you do a thorough job. If not, you may end up with a mold problem down the road.


Hardwood Floors with Water Damage


Once the liquid has been completely removed, the next step is to treat the stains to kill mold and mildew spores.


When there are signs of warping, cupping, buckling or separating, the damaged boards need to be removed and replaced.  If a subfloor is present and shows signs of discoloration, it should be should be cleaned and dried completely prior to replacing flooring material.

Same goes for concrete slabs. If deterioration of the subfloor has occurred, the affected area may need to be taken out.


If you have been lucky and only a few boards show signs of water damage, it’s possible to just nail or screw the new boards into place.  However, if a whole section needs to be replaced, a saw is used to cut into the floor and the damaged sections removed with a pry bar.


After this process, new planks that match the existing floor are laid down. To ensure uniformity, the entire hardwood floor is sanded and refinished.


For severe cases of damage, it may even be more cost effective to just replace the whole floor in the affected room(s).


Laminate Flooring with Water Damage


While laminate flooring may be more resistant to water than real wood floors, large amounts of water typical of a flood or pipe leak can definitely cause damage. The first signs of water damage are swelling and warping.  


Much like hardwood floors, laminate flooring also show signs of buckling, cracking, splitting, cupping or crowning.


Unlike hardwood floors, however, even if only a part of laminate flooring is damaged, it may be more cost effective to replace the entire floor.


It can difficult to remove individual damaged pieces and replace them to perfectly match the non-damaged portion of the floor depending on the age of the flooring and the availability of the same product.    


Carpeting with Water Damage


Carpets can handle a significant amount of water.  However, this can pose different concerns than hard surfaces after water damage.  Because carpet absorbs water, it can quickly grow mold or mildew. It can also ruin your subfloor.


It is critical to have the water extracted, and the carpet quickly lifted or removed after flooding.  Five Star Restoration, an expert water damage restoration company, has powerful equipment that can extract water from the carpet efficiently as well as commercial grade air movers to rapidly dry the material before any kind of growth begins.


After drying, it is important to have the carpet cleaned, sanitized and deodorized to remove unpleasant odors and kill any traces of mold or mildew spores. Usually, the carpet pad must be replaced and in cases where the carpet cannot be salvaged, it must be replaced as well.

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Tiled Floor with Water Damage


Tiles are very resistant to water and your floors are more likely to survive flooding.  However, water can still seep through cracks in the grout and cause damage to your subfloor.


This will cause swelling in the wood that will cause the tile and grout to crack. In extreme cases, it can cause your flooring to raise.  


The best way to prevent this is to dry the floor quickly. This is done using powerful fans and dehumidifiers.


If there are loose tiles, these can be removed carefully and set aside. You may be able to reuse these.  Check under the tiles for moisture or water damage. This needs to be addressed accordingly.


It is a good idea to have extra tiles on hand for times when water seepage causes tiles to loosen. Once replacement tiles are laid down, grout is matched as closely as possible to the existing grout to seamlessly blend the repaired flooring.


Linoleum or Vinyl Flooring Water Damage


Linoleum and vinyl flooring can handle water fairly well if removed quickly; otherwise if there is a lot of water it will move towards where the floor meets walls or cabinets.  Once there, the water may find its way underneath the linoleum or vinyl material or can wreak havoc to your wall material, baseboards, cabinets, etc.


As with all types of flooring, quick extraction and drying is the best way to salvage this type of flooring.  The most significant thing is to always check for any damage to the subfloor. If there is seepage, it is important to clean and dry the subfloor.


If necessary, the damaged section of the subfloor should be replaced to avoid future issues.

Advantages of Working With Five Star Restoration

When you’ve experienced flooding in your home and have water damage to floors, Five Star Restoration is the company to call.  We specialize in removing water damage caused by pipe leaks, slab leaks, sewer backups, water heater failure, roof leaks and more.


Damage Assessment and Drying. We know the importance of removing water completely and quickly. After a free water damage diagnostic, our certified technicians’ work fast to extract water, set necessary equipment to prevent further damage including the potential for mold.


Cleaning. We ensure that mold, mildew and unpleasant odors are prevented by sanitizing and deodorizing the affected area.  When necessary, we also use air scrubbers to remove airborne particles and moisture from the air.

Restoration. If any materials are deemed unsalvageable by your adjuster, we remove them in a very clean manner.  When demolition is required, we seal off the necessary areas with plastic to prevent messes and exposure to toxic substances such as lead or asbestos (for older homes, in particular) or mold spores.


We can also help you with the repair process. We have licensed reconstruction partners who we trust to walk you through this stage of getting your home back to normal.


Assistance with Insurance.  As a part of our Five Star customer service, we also walk you through each step of dealing with your insurance company. It can be complicated and with our years of experience, we can give you invaluable assistance with filing and managing your insurance claim.


One wrong statement when dealing with your homeowner's insurance can cost you thousands of dollars as they are in the business of saving money whenever they can.  Five Star Restoration works directly with your insurance adjuster, using the language they use to get your water damage claim approved and paid in a timely manner for you.

This means peace of mind and less headache for you!


For Any Type Of Flooring Water Damage - Call Us Today


When you’ve experienced flooding in your home and need help fast, call Five Star Restoration.  We have experts ready to respond to your call quickly.

Reach out to us at 951-368-2227.

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