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Signs that your hardwood floors have water damage

10/23/2021 (Permalink)

The effects of water damage can happen over time; once you notice something different about your wood floors, water damage has already set in. Often we see that customers that had a water leak and have hardwood floors wait too long before calling us. Often just drying the surface area doesn't mean that the water hasnt gotten underneath the flooring. One of the first signs that there is water damage, is when individual planks are cupping or several begin to crown causing a hump in the floor. Water absorption in the wood of your floor causes expansion, which is most noticeable in the edges of the board that are turning upward or when planks begin to buckle. Another warning sign that water damage has occurred is when a black or dark stain runs along the edge of a plank or across several. When this type of stain is visible it is often due to mold starting to grow. These water damaged signs come from a consistent water source that may have come from a leak of some kind within your home or water that sat too long without being properly dried.

  • Staining and discoloration
  • Soft Boards
  • Cupping and moisture causing it to buckle
  • Lifting nails
  • Lifting floorboards
  • Mold 

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