Laminate/Hardwood flooring damaged by flood, what should you do?

If the water has risen above the level of the flooring, it is likely to be damaged beyond repair  Please note, this is a guide only, not step by step instructions.

Every property is different.  If you are unsure about how much of your flooring can be salvaged, and what your options are, contact a flooring specialist. 

Step I:

Remove any standing water as soon as possible.  Use a mop or towels to absorb the water, looking for areas where water has penetrated the join.  If water has penetrated through the joins of the floor, these planks will need to be lifted and the area underneath dried out. 

remove standing water from laminate flooring

Step II:

It is important to dry the flooring thoroughly - this also prevents mold growth.  Fans, dehumidifiers and open windows for air circulation will speed up the drying process.  Check the flooring regularly to ensure it is drying evenly, moving fans and dehumidifiers as required.

dry the flooring using fan

Step III:

Assess the entire area of your flooring to determine the damage.  If you have lifted flooring where water has made it’s way to the sub-floor beneath, these affected areas will most likely need replacement flooring. 

damaged flooring after flood water

Flooding is a devastating experience, and every property is affected differently. At Prime Floors we offer a complimentary on-site visit to help you find a solution for your flood damaged flooring.