Now that it is officially spring, the birds are chirping, the leaves are exploding bright green on the trees and the spring rains have returned to Kansas City. The drenching rains that bring the beautiful flowers, green grass and bountiful crops of springtime. Even though we have avoided the massive rains that have made a huge impact on other areas of the state, the rain has come for sure. At JRK Flooring, we are at the ready to deal with any and all hardwood flooring related disasters. Much like flooding can tragically decimate whole areas, an indoor flood, like a dishwasher leaking or a pipe that has burst, can destroy your hardwood floors. Take heart however, JRK Flooring can either refinish your floor to look brand new, or replace it.
We all know what happens to wood that is exposed to the elements for an extended period of time. But do you know why it happens? Wood, as incredibly durable as it is, considering it is essentially a plant, can disintegrate very quickly in the proper environment. Which is precisely why hardwood flooring experts, and anyone who works with wood, go to such great lengths to protect it. The first thing that an installer will look for when choosing a wood, particularly unfinished hardwood, is the moisture content. Believe it or not a little bit of moisture is actually good for your floors, and you would probably be surprised by the fact that your floors may contain 11 percent water or even more, depending on the humidity. Wood swells as the humidity fluctuates and this can create issues with gapping in hardwood floors. A hardwood floor with a large spill or a flooding event in your home is susceptible to sucking up massive amounts of water. The key to keeping your floor from wiggling itself apart is the resin.
This may seem like an intuitive thing but many people do not think of their hardwood floors as two distinct parts. The wood itself, and the resin (or various other coatings).The resin keeps the floor protected and less likely to absorb water or other nasty things. Resin keeps the floor from absorbing water, increases durability and provides damage resistance. At JRK Flooring we recommend replacing your resin, with a complete refinish, every ten years or so. That being said, if you have had an event that introduces a bunch of water into your floor is is best to have an expert look at it. We offer free in home estimates, and if you are concerned about your floors, please call us as soon a possible.
Emergency Flood Care
Let’s say that you come home after a vacation and your water heater has decided to “go quietly into that great night”. Your floors are soaked, not to mention the bottom of your antique furniture, the time to act is now. The major destroyer of wood when it gets wet is mold, and if your hardwood floors mold, it is a long road to repair. The first thing you need to do is get all of the water off of the floors, but don’t worry about drying them just yet. Make sure that you scrub all of the debris that may have come in with the water. The next step is to take warm, clean water and disinfectant the floors before drying. You will want to scrub really well to prevent mold from growing, because mold is very difficult to remove from your hardwood floor and can stain the wood itself. The thing you need to remember is that wood is perfectly fine underwater and will bounce back, the real damage is when wet wood is exposed to the air. So it is critical to have a plan in place for restoring your floor once it begins to dry. After a water issue, your floors can warp, and while the resin in use today is pretty good, a floor that has been underwater for some time can develop an uneven surface that is not able to be repaired or refinished.
There is not much you can do if you have an unexpected flood in your home, but you can have a plan in place to deal with the aftermath when it comes to your flooring. Contact JRK Flooring today for a free estimate, and let us take care of your floors!