How to Fix Laminate Floor Water Damage
If you’ve recently noticed water damage on your laminate floor, don’t panic! In most cases, the damage can be repaired. It’s important to take action as soon as possible, in order to prevent the damage from getting worse. In this blog post, we’ll discuss what can be done to fix laminate floor water damage. We’ll also provide tips for preventing future water damage.
Identify & Stop The Water Source Leak
Before any repairs can be done and to stop further damage, you must first identify and stop the source of the water. This may be a leaking toilet or appliance, or a burst pipe. In the case that you’ve noticed the water and attempted to dry it yourself but the water continues to be present, the water source is likely going to be plumbing or appliance related. When this happens shut off any shut-off valves on the plumbing near the floor or shut off your main water line into the house. If you are able to spot a pipe or source of water, you should also flag and note the location of the water and mark it with a flag or piece of tape, this will make things easy for your plumber when they come by. At this time you’ll want to give us a call and we can recommend one of our trusted plumbing partners in the area come out and help identify or fix the water source.
Finding The Water Source
- Check the cabinets in the kitchen laundry and bathroom sinks. (make sure they are dry)
- Look for puddles or signs of water around the bases of the shower, tub, and toilets.
- Feel underneath or pull out the refrigerator, dishwasher, or appliances for signs of water.
- Beneath the water heater and clothes washer are also common places for water signs.
Clean Up The Water Before Repairing Any Damaged Floors
Once the leak has been located and fixed you can start the drying process. It is best to remove the warped boards and let them dry naturally, as leaving them on the surface will only cause further damage to the flooring and potential mold growth. Don’t worry, in most cases, the laminate floors can be repaired, especially if caught early. When floors are damaged by water, it’s necessary to find and fix all affected areas. If you are not a handyman, hiring a professional to repair the floor will be the best option. This is the time that most of the clients will have Stovers come out to inspect the damage. Water will easily make its way through cracks and soak into wood, cabinets, or drywall. We’ll want to make sure that there is no sitting water anywhere or additional areas that were affected by the water.
If you need help with water damage restoration for your home or floors in Wichita Kansas contact our team for help.