In the aftermath of water damage, fire damage, or even mold remediation, you’re often faced with a series of tough decisions—where to stay if your home needs to be evacuated, which restoration services provider to call, what to keep and replace, you name it. One of the most challenging subjects of that last question, as anyone who has been there will tell you: flooring.
Indeed, many flooring businesses attest to the strength and longevity of their products, and in quite a few cases, they’d be right to do so. Waterproof flooring, for instance, is pretty much impervious to spills. But there does come a time after significant enough damage where any type of flooring is beyond repair—and that timeframe can vary. It’s not always as easy to tell what might be needed, too!
CCS Cleaning & Restoration is here to clear the air. Below, we’ll discuss a few factors that can determine whether it’s better to restore your damaged flooring or to give it the boot.
What Is Your Flooring Made out of?
It’s common sense: different flooring types handle different stressors differently. While waterproof flooring might shrug off a leaky pipe without a problem, that same leaky pipe can be downright devastating to your hardwood. Knowing the strengths and weaknesses of each common flooring type is something that’s worth its own blog post entirely; luckily, The Spruce touches on quite a few notable ones in its article on bedroom floors.
A good rule of thumb: synthetic floors, such as vinyl, tend to fare better in terms of water damage than do flooring types that contain wood, such as laminate, or carpeting. While mold can still form underneath waterproof flooring in the correct circumstances, it isn’t porous like the other two flooring types are, and is therefore much more hardy in the face of humidity or the unexpected plumbing problem.
What Has Your Flooring Been Exposed to?
Fire damage might mean your flooring is entirely burnt to a crisp, and there simply is no hope of restoring it—but determining the extent and effect of water damage and mold issues can be a bit trickier.
For instance, damaging water comes in three different types. You’ve got your standard, clean water, which is unlikely to harbor pathogens; gray water, which is wastewater from relatively sanitary activities like bathing; and black water, which is water that has been contaminated with sewage or other toxic materials. With proper mold remediation and water damage cleanup, quite a few flooring types can easily survive a clean shower, but not if that shower is potentially dangerous in and of itself.
Mold, while it requires prompt action in terms of cleanup, also can have consequences that vary in scope. In severe infestations or where the preceding water damage is significant or toxic, replacing the whole floor may be the more affordable option. If household conditions are otherwise favorable, though, and the damage is well under control, you might be able to get away with restoration or replacing just a few planks.
What Is the Scope of the Damage?
Sure, how big a physical area it takes up matters; it’s easier to restore a square meter of flooring than it is a whole room! But you also need to look at scope from an economic standpoint—and this ties into how expensive your flooring was in the first place.
Solid hardwood flooring tends to be the most expensive out there, with engineered hardwood following and laminate, synthetic carpet, and vinyl generally falling beneath the two. All brands and styles, of course, will vary, and there are exceptions to every rule. More expensive flooring might lend itself better to restoration, especially if it’s a family heirloom, like many solid hardwoods tend to be. More economical options, especially if the damage is widespread, might just be more affordable to replace.
How Long Was the Flooring Exposed to the Damaging Material?
According to FEMA, mold can start to grow after water damage within 24 to 48 hours—and mold plus water damage means that the chances for restoration quickly begin to dwindle. It’s all the more reason to call a professional in water damage repair the moment you notice a problem. They might not always need to come out at that very second, as we cover in our cleaning services blog, but getting help and advice quickly can up the odds you’ll be able to salvage your flooring.
Got fire damage? You might not be off the hook as far as fungi goes. The water used to put out the fire can very well cause mold growth within the same window of time, so the quicker you call for help, the better.
CCS Cleaning & Restoration: No Matter the Disaster, We’ve Got Your Back
Fire damage, mold remediation, water clean-up—we handle it all with the same five-star devotion to our customers’ satisfaction. Reach our Faribault office today at 507-334-1774.