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Various events can cause water damage in your home, including anything from severe storm damage to broken pipes. Some damage may require replacement, but there are ways to save your floors depending on the extent of the damage. Professional restoration companies in St. Petersburg, FL, can remove the water from your home and repair your water-damaged floors.

Assess Whether You Can Repair the Floors

The severity of the damage from the water is a factor in whether you can repair the floors. These three things will impact your decision to either repair your water-damaged floors or replace them:

  • The type of flooring
  • The type of water damage
  • How long the water is on the floor

Types of Floors and Water Damage

Laminate wood floors are usually candidates for replacement because they do not stand up to water damage like engineered or stripped wood floors. Water damage from sewer backups can contain biohazards, so you will need to decontaminate the floors first.

Remove Excess Water From the Floors

If water remains on the floor too long, it could cause further damage. Usually, water-saturated carpet is damaged beyond repair. Water left on wood floors will cause the pieces to separate and buckle or cup.

How to Repair the Damaged Floors

First, the floor needs to be dried and the cause of the flood eliminated. Restoration professionals can clean and sanitize carpets and tile floors or sand away up to a ¼-inch of hardwood flooring damage for relatively minor damage. You may need to repair the subfloor, if damaged, before refinishing the floors.

Extensive water damage will require the help of professionals. Call the professional flooring technicians at ServiceMaster 24 Hour in St. Petersburg, FL, to address your water damage mitigation. Our technicians have the expertise and training to assess the damage and repair your water-damaged flooring.

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