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Repair Water Damaged Hardwood Floors Pro Restoration

Repair Water Damaged Hardwood Floors

Professional Restoration provides water damage repair services, including water damaged hardwood floors to all metro Denver counties including Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Clear Creek, Denver, Douglas, Gilpin, Jefferson and Weld.

Causes of hardwood floor water damage

Many events can cause water damage to hardwood floors. The most obvious event is flooding, however, your hardwood floors can also sustain water damage little by little, over time.

Flooding can occur from outside sources such as ground water and street flooding, but the most common source of home floods are from overflowing tubs, sinks, toilets and washing machines. Sadly the most destructive water damage happens if the fire department is called to put out a fire that may not even involve your floors. In the case of severe flooding, it’s important to act as quickly as possible to prevent moisture from “soaking in” to the wood and sub-floor.

As mentioned above, damage to your hardwood floor can also be caused by slow leaks from poorly sealed refrigerators or other kitchen appliances, kids getting out of the tub without drying off, humidifiers overflowing, small leaks from windows and doors as well as pinhole leaks from pipes that cause small amounts of water to leak intermittently. It’s these slow leaks that may be even more destructive than an overflowing toilet because the water damage happens imperceptibly and, before you know it, you have a major repair bill.

In both cases, it’s important to conduct a comprehensive search to find and identify the degree to which the hardwood floor is wet, and the damage caused. If youve experienced a flood, how long has the floor been sitting in water? If the flood happened while you were away on vacation, for example, and you’re not sure how long the floor has been wet, then it’s best to call a water damage expert as soon as possible, even if it seems that the flood was minor. You’ll need to know how likely it will be for you to dry out the floor and sub-floor and properly treat it without professional dryers and help.

Tell-tale signs of water damage

If youve had a slow leak or tried to dry out the floor yourself after a flood, then look for tell-tale signs of damage. Some of the signs that will indicate water damage to your hardwood floors are as follows:

  1. A white stain or haze on the finish suggests minimal water damage. However, its still advisable to eliminate the source of moisture and completely dry out the area as soon as possible. However, dark spots or discolored areas on the wood may indicate the presence of mold. If you catch it early, you may be able to treat it yourself; however you need to be sure that moisture has not penetrated the wood in the floor and the sub-floor. If you think this might be the case, don’t try to take care of this yourself. Call in a professional that is a certified water damage repair expert. Read more about Mold
  2. Dipping in the center of the board with raised edges indicates that there is more moisture on the bottom of the board than on the top. This can suggest that the wood was not properly dried out after a flood, that there is moisture in the sub-floor or that it is constantly exposed to moisture such as high levels of humidity. The wood may return to normal after it’s been dried out, but it’s more likely that you will need to sand and refinish.
  3. The opposite of dipping is crowning. Crowning happens when the center of the board raises up, indicating that there is more moisture on top of the board that below it. Again, eliminate the source of water or moisture and allow the wood to dry-out completely.
  4. Buckling occurs when the floor boards totally pull away from the sub floor. This only happens when the wood was completely saturated or was consistently exposed to moisture. Once the wood buckles, it’s unlikely it can be prepared, and a new floor will need to be installed.

However, before you install a new floor, don’t assume you know what caused the damage. Check with a water damage expert to make sure youve eliminated the source of the problem.

At the risk of being repetitive, once youve determined that your hardwood floor are water damaged, the most important things are as follows:

  • To take immediate steps to eliminate the source of the water 
  • Dry out the area completely, as soon as possible

If you address the issues immediately, and the wood has not buckled, it will be easier to stop possible warping and mold that may infest the both the surface wood and the sub-floor wood.

Insurance – will it cover water damaged hardwood floors?

In cases where the damage is extensive enough to make a claim, and even when you are not sure about making a claim, it’s important to document your investigation of the hardwood floor water damage from the very first time you notice it.  This will help to provide solid evidence of your efforts to contain the damage when you discuss it your insurance company which, may be reluctant to foot a huge bill for repairing a water damaged hardwood floor.

Document your damage

  • Current smart phone technology makes this an easy process. As soon as you notice a problem, take pictures of the damage, from all angles and save them to your computer if possible. 
  • Next, write up a description, include pictures and send an email with this information to yourself, so it is time stamped. If the damage is not bad, it may make sense to try and handle it personally, but getting a professional to look at the situation before making your decision is definitely the safe way to go.

Contact Professional Restoration 1-720-457-1831 for a free estimate ASAP!

Steps Needed to Repair Hardwood Floor Water Damage

To help you make an assessment of whether to try and do it yourself or to call for a professional opinion, the following steps may be needed to properly repair water damaged hardwood floors. You will see that, depending upon the severity of the situation, this process can take many months, take a lot of work and require special expertise and equipment.

  • Identify the water source and stop it immediately yourself or get competent help. Be careful not to fool yourself into thinking that the water problem is solved when it really isnt.  The repairs could be steep if ignored, so calling a plumber for a professional assessment may be well worth the service call.
  • Dry out the area from both above and below with the appropriate method. This is likely to require using air movers, dehumidifiers, and other drying equipment.
  • Check whether you have completely dried the affected area by checking the Equilibrium Moisture Content (EMC) of the surface wood and the sub floor.  Your insurance agent will likely have an electronic moisture meter for this purpose. Along with your pictures, keep a record of these measurements and the dates taken of the wet and the dry areas of your hardwood floor. Both the surface and the sub floor must be dry before taking further steps to properly repair water damaged hardwood floors.
  • Look for signs of black mold forming and take aggressive steps to eliminate it due to the potential health hazard to people that may be seriously impacted by these spores. Look under the carpet if it’s on top of hardwood floor.
  • In severe situations, some of the hardwood floor planks may need to be removed to relieve the stress from the swelling of water-logged wood. The stress often causes cupping or crowning of the individual planks and these must be sanded down if moisture removal is insufficient to bring them back into shape.

Note:  In colder areas, it’s best to start repairs once the heating season has started as this will help keep the floor dry.   Often, if the hardwood floor has not buckled, it will go back to their original shape once they are dried out. At this point, you can resurface and re-stain or start painting or other improvement.

If your floor has buckled it means your drying methods have failed, and the floor is still wet. When this happens, it is better in many professionals opinion to let it go and start over with new flooring.

Where to find expert water damage restoration services for your hardwood floors

Repairing water damaged hardwood floors the right way requires that a you complete a series of steps properly, in a timely manner and in proper sequence. Professional Restoration, a local Denver company since 1992 has the certified experts, process, technology and experience to do a quality repair or replacement of your hardwood floors.

  • On-site customer assistance is available 24/7/365 for emergencies, and this may be critical to limit the damage and the associated costs  
  • Experienced professionals to quickly locate and repair the source of leaking water
  • If needed, carefully securing and removing of effected household goods for cleaning and restoration including content inventory control
  • Comprehensive damage assessment by experts and estimated repair costs to assist with get the recovery process moving with your insurance claim
  • Professional Restoration has a range of industrial grade water extractors, dehumidifiers, air movers and other equipment required to efficiently dry out the surface and sub-floor of your hardwood floor
  • Drying the affected areas of your home 
  • New floor installation, replacement and reconstruction of the affected areas
  • Disinfectants and antimicrobial agents used to prevent mold and mildew

Call Professional Restoration 720-457-1831  ASAP! 

To feel confident that we will do the best job possible, you may want to review the online reviews on Customer Lobby  or Google  by former customers. Many customers give us 5 stars and write a complimentary article when rating for our fire, water and mold damage repair and restoration services. Professional Restoration is a  metro Denver disaster restoration company, a certified restoration contractor,  IICRC accredited firm with an A+ BBB rating.

Professional Restoration serves all metro Denver counties:

Adams County. Brighton, Commerce City, Federal Heights, Strasburg, Westminster

Arapahoe County:  Aurora, Bennett, Bow Mar, Centennial, Cherry Hills Village, Columbine Valley, Deer Trail, Englewood, Foxfield, Glendale, Greenwood Village, Littleton, Sheridan

Boulder County. Boulder, Erie, Jamestown, Lafayette, Longmont, Louisville, Lyons, Nederland, Superior Ward

Broomfield County. Aspen Creek, Brandywine, Broadlands, Broomfield, Broomfield Heights, Country Estates Crofton Park McKay Landing Northmoor

Clear Creek County:  Downieville, Lawson, Dumont, Idaho Springs, Silver Plume, St. Marys

Denver County. Athmar Park, Auraria, Baker, Barnum, Belcaro, Berkley, Capitol Hill, Chaffee Park, Cheesman Park, Cherry Creek, City Park, Clayton, Cole,College View, Congress Park, Country Club, Elyria-Swansea, Five Points, Globeville, Golden Triangle, Green Valley Ranch, Hale, Hampden, South Hampden, South Highlands, Hilltop, Jefferson Park, Lincoln Park, LoDo, Lowry, Montbello, Montclair North, Capitol Hill, Overland, Park Hill, Platte Park, Rosedale, South Platte, Southmoor Park, Speer, Stapleton, Sunnyside, Union Station, University, University Hills, Virginia Village, Washington Park, West Colfax, Westwood, Whittier

Douglas County. Castle Pines North, Castle Rock, Larkspur, Littleton, Lone Tree, Parker

Gilpin County:  Black Hawk, Central City, Nevadaville, Rollinsville, Russell, Gulch

Jefferson County:  Arvada, Bow Mar, Edgewater, Evergreen, Golden, Lakeside, Lakewood, Morrison, Mountain View, Wheat Ridge

Weld County:  Dacon, Evans, Fort Lupton, Greeley, Longmont, Northglenn, Thorton

Call Professional Restoration 1-720-457-1831 to get the local help you need ASAP!

Repair Water Damaged Hardwood Floors

Professional Restoration provides water damage repair services, including water damaged hardwood floors to all metro Denver counties including Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Clear Creek, Denver, Douglas, Gilpin, Jefferson and Weld.

Causes of hardwood floor water damage

Many events can cause water damage to hardwood floors. The most obvious event is flooding, however, your hardwood floors can also sustain water damage little by little, over time.

Flooding can occur from outside sources such as ground water and street flooding, but the most common source of home floods are from overflowing tubs, sinks, toilets and washing machines. Sadly the most destructive water damage happens if the fire department is called to put out a fire that may not even involve your floors. In the case of severe flooding, it’s important to act as quickly as possible to prevent moisture from “soaking in” to the wood and sub-floor.

As mentioned above, damage to your hardwood floor can also be caused by slow leaks from poorly sealed refrigerators or other kitchen appliances, kids getting out of the tub without drying off, humidifiers overflowing, small leaks from windows and doors as well as pinhole leaks from pipes that cause small amounts of water to leak intermittently. It’s these slow leaks that may be even more destructive than an overflowing toilet because the water damage happens imperceptibly and, before you know it, you have a major repair bill.

In both cases, it’s important to conduct a comprehensive search to find and identify the degree to which the hardwood floor is wet, and the damage caused. If youve experienced a flood, how long has the floor been sitting in water? If the flood happened while you were away on vacation, for example, and you’re not sure how long the floor has been wet, then it’s best to call a water damage expert as soon as possible, even if it seems that the flood was minor. You’ll need to know how likely it will be for you to dry out the floor and sub-floor and properly treat it without professional dryers and help.

Tell-tale signs of water damage

If youve had a slow leak or tried to dry out the floor yourself after a flood, then look for tell-tale signs of damage. Some of the signs that will indicate water damage to your hardwood floors are as follows:

  1. A white stain or haze on the finish suggests minimal water damage. However, its still advisable to eliminate the source of moisture and completely dry out the area as soon as possible. However, dark spots or discolored areas on the wood may indicate the presence of mold. If you catch it early, you may be able to treat it yourself; however you need to be sure that moisture has not penetrated the wood in the floor and the sub-floor. If you think this might be the case, don’t try to take care of this yourself. Call in a professional that is a certified water damage repair expert. Read more about Mold
  2. Dipping in the center of the board with raised edges indicates that there is more moisture on the bottom of the board than on the top. This can suggest that the wood was not properly dried out after a flood, that there is moisture in the sub-floor or that it is constantly exposed to moisture such as high levels of humidity. The wood may return to normal after it’s been dried out, but it’s more likely that you will need to sand and refinish.
  3. The opposite of dipping is crowning. Crowning happens when the center of the board raises up, indicating that there is more moisture on top of the board that below it. Again, eliminate the source of water or moisture and allow the wood to dry-out completely.
  4. Buckling occurs when the floor boards totally pull away from the sub floor. This only happens when the wood was completely saturated or was consistently exposed to moisture. Once the wood buckles, it’s unlikely it can be prepared, and a new floor will need to be installed.

However, before you install a new floor, don’t assume you know what caused the damage. Check with a water damage expert to make sure youve eliminated the source of the problem.

At the risk of being repetitive, once youve determined that your hardwood floor are water damaged, the most important things are as follows:

  • To take immediate steps to eliminate the source of the water 
  • Dry out the area completely, as soon as possible

If you address the issues immediately, and the wood has not buckled, it will be easier to stop possible warping and mold that may infest the both the surface wood and the sub-floor wood.

Insurance – will it cover water damaged hardwood floors?

In cases where the damage is extensive enough to make a claim, and even when you are not sure about making a claim, it’s important to document your investigation of the hardwood floor water damage from the very first time you notice it.  This will help to provide solid evidence of your efforts to contain the damage when you discuss it your insurance company which, may be reluctant to foot a huge bill for repairing a water damaged hardwood floor.

Document your damage

  • Current smart phone technology makes this an easy process. As soon as you notice a problem, take pictures of the damage, from all angles and save them to your computer if possible. 
  • Next, write up a description, include pictures and send an email with this information to yourself, so it is time stamped. If the damage is not bad, it may make sense to try and handle it personally, but getting a professional to look at the situation before making your decision is definitely the safe way to go.

Contact Professional Restoration 1-720-457-1831 for a free estimate ASAP!

Steps Needed to Repair Hardwood Floor Water Damage

To help you make an assessment of whether to try and do it yourself or to call for a professional opinion, the following steps may be needed to properly repair water damaged hardwood floors. You will see that, depending upon the severity of the situation, this process can take many months, take a lot of work and require special expertise and equipment.

  • Identify the water source and stop it immediately yourself or get competent help. Be careful not to fool yourself into thinking that the water problem is solved when it really isnt.  The repairs could be steep if ignored, so calling a plumber for a professional assessment may be well worth the service call.
  • Dry out the area from both above and below with the appropriate method. This is likely to require using air movers, dehumidifiers, and other drying equipment.
  • Check whether you have completely dried the affected area by checking the Equilibrium Moisture Content (EMC) of the surface wood and the sub floor.  Your insurance agent will likely have an electronic moisture meter for this purpose. Along with your pictures, keep a record of these measurements and the dates taken of the wet and the dry areas of your hardwood floor. Both the surface and the sub floor must be dry before taking further steps to properly repair water damaged hardwood floors.
  • Look for signs of black mold forming and take aggressive steps to eliminate it due to the potential health hazard to people that may be seriously impacted by these spores. Look under the carpet if it’s on top of hardwood floor.
  • In severe situations, some of the hardwood floor planks may need to be removed to relieve the stress from the swelling of water-logged wood. The stress often causes cupping or crowning of the individual planks and these must be sanded down if moisture removal is insufficient to bring them back into shape.

Note:  In colder areas, it’s best to start repairs once the heating season has started as this will help keep the floor dry.   Often, if the hardwood floor has not buckled, it will go back to their original shape once they are dried out. At this point, you can resurface and re-stain or start painting or other improvement.

If your floor has buckled it means your drying methods have failed, and the floor is still wet. When this happens, it is better in many professionals opinion to let it go and start over with new flooring.

Where to find expert water damage restoration services for your hardwood floors

Repairing water damaged hardwood floors the right way requires that a you complete a series of steps properly, in a timely manner and in proper sequence. Professional Restoration, a local Denver company since 1992 has the certified experts, process, technology and experience to do a quality repair or replacement of your hardwood floors.

  • On-site customer assistance is available 24/7/365 for emergencies, and this may be critical to limit the damage and the associated costs  
  • Experienced professionals to quickly locate and repair the source of leaking water
  • If needed, carefully securing and removing of effected household goods for cleaning and restoration including content inventory control
  • Comprehensive damage assessment by experts and estimated repair costs to assist with get the recovery process moving with your insurance claim
  • Professional Restoration has a range of industrial grade water extractors, dehumidifiers, air movers and other equipment required to efficiently dry out the surface and sub-floor of your hardwood floor
  • Drying the affected areas of your home 
  • New floor installation, replacement and reconstruction of the affected areas
  • Disinfectants and antimicrobial agents used to prevent mold and mildew

Call Professional Restoration 720-457-1831  ASAP! 

To feel confident that we will do the best job possible, you may want to review the online reviews on Customer Lobby  or Google  by former customers. Many customers give us 5 stars and write a complimentary article when rating for our fire, water and mold damage repair and restoration services. Professional Restoration is a  metro Denver disaster restoration company, a certified restoration contractor,  IICRC accredited firm with an A+ BBB rating.

Professional Restoration serves all metro Denver counties:

Adams County. Brighton, Commerce City, Federal Heights, Strasburg, Westminster

Arapahoe County:  Aurora, Bennett, Bow Mar, Centennial, Cherry Hills Village, Columbine Valley, Deer Trail, Englewood, Foxfield, Glendale, Greenwood Village, Littleton, Sheridan

Boulder County. Boulder, Erie, Jamestown, Lafayette, Longmont, Louisville, Lyons, Nederland, Superior Ward

Broomfield County. Aspen Creek, Brandywine, Broadlands, Broomfield, Broomfield Heights, Country Estates Crofton Park McKay Landing Northmoor

Clear Creek County:  Downieville, Lawson, Dumont, Idaho Springs, Silver Plume, St. Marys

Denver County. Athmar Park, Auraria, Baker, Barnum, Belcaro, Berkley, Capitol Hill, Chaffee Park, Cheesman Park, Cherry Creek, City Park, Clayton, Cole,College View, Congress Park, Country Club, Elyria-Swansea, Five Points, Globeville, Golden Triangle, Green Valley Ranch, Hale, Hampden, South Hampden, South Highlands, Hilltop, Jefferson Park, Lincoln Park, LoDo, Lowry, Montbello, Montclair North, Capitol Hill, Overland, Park Hill, Platte Park, Rosedale, South Platte, Southmoor Park, Speer, Stapleton, Sunnyside, Union Station, University, University Hills, Virginia Village, Washington Park, West Colfax, Westwood, Whittier

Douglas County. Castle Pines North, Castle Rock, Larkspur, Littleton, Lone Tree, Parker

Gilpin County:  Black Hawk, Central City, Nevadaville, Rollinsville, Russell, Gulch

Jefferson County:  Arvada, Bow Mar, Edgewater, Evergreen, Golden, Lakeside, Lakewood, Morrison, Mountain View, Wheat Ridge

Weld County:  Dacon, Evans, Fort Lupton, Greeley, Longmont, Northglenn, Thorton

Call Professional Restoration 1-720-457-1831 to get the local help you need ASAP!


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