As the end of the summer thunderstorms roll out of the area, the hurricanes start to pick up speed in the Caribbean. With more wet weather comes possible damage to your hardwood flooring. From wet clothing sitting in the corner to basement floors, there can be a lot of things that cause water damage to your hardwood flooring. But how do you know that your hardwood floors have been damaged? Well, we have some signs for you to be watchful of!
Detection of Water Damage
Unlike other forms of damage, water damage can be hidden inside the groove of your hardwood floors. To check for water damage, you’ll need to look closely and perform a thorough inspection of the suspected area is no signs are noticeable.
Sights, Smells, and Feels
Warping and bending are two clear signs that your hardwood floors have suffered from water damage. If an area of your floors seems dull in comparison to other parts of your floors or if you have noticed cracking or splitting of the floorboards, these are signs of damage. Another sign of water damage can be found by following your nose. If you have noticed the particularly damp smell of mold or mildew in your home, visually check any dark corners for mold that could be growing. For a textural sign, feel along the floors to check for warping that may not be visible with the naked eye. Run your hands along the hardwood planks and feel for misshapen sections or persistent dampness.
If water damage has occurred in your hardwood flooring, your floors will either need to be replaced or refinished in order to stop further damage. It is important to act quickly if you notice any spills or liquids on your hardwood floors as it could soak into the wood. To learn how to save your hardwood flooring, speak to your John K. Eareckson & Co. representative!
John K Eareckson & Co.
At John K. Eareckson & Co., we pride ourselves on providing the best quality and craftsmanship in the Baltimore-Washington area, from custom hardwood installation and repairs to refinishing. So if you’re in the market for new hardwood flooring, pick up the phone and give us a call today! If you have any questions about New Hardwood Floors, please contact John K. Eareckson & Co. by calling 410-788-4200 or visit JKEHardwoodFlooring.com today for a free quote regarding any of your hardwood flooring needs. You can also follow us on Facebook, Google+, and Twitter!