Repairing Water Damaged Floor
Although water is a source of life, it can be quite destructive. If you have been facing the flooding problem, or any other problem that caused your floor to suffer from water attack, don’t worry. There are various methods of repairing the water damaged floor.
Water Damaged Floor Repairing Tips
Floor Repairing Process
Kitchen floor is the area that is most likely subjected to water damage. If water damage is visible that means your floor is really badly damaged, and what you will need to deal with is the subfloor level. To access the subfloor level you will need to remove the first layer of laminate or tile (whatever you have covering the floor). The subfloor is usually made from plywood, so you will need to assess the condition of the plywood.
If the plywood appears bloated and discolored, it is fine and you can continue to use it as a subfloor. If the plywood appears rotting, you will need to remove it all together. Look for any damaged spots or spots with mold, and remove them till the mold starts to spread. The mold spots can be removed by sanding and then you will need to bleach those spots. The bleach will protect them from reccurring mold.
If it is the laminate that is damaged, you can repair it piece by piece if, of course, your laminate is in tile-like patterns. Carefully cut out the tiles that have been damaged. Check for underlayment as well, it might hide the source of your laminate problems.
If you have floorboards instead of laminate or tiles, remove carefully the floorboards with a crowbar. If you have an underlayment material you need to assess it as well. If it shows any signs of mold, mildew or damage – make sure to replace it as well. Be careful when replacing the floorboards, as they need to be like the other floorboards, or the change will be quite obvious.