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After owning the same house for more than 20 years, it came time to decide whether to sell the home or fix it up. And after weeks of contemplation, I realized that I just was not ready to close the door on all the memories held in the home. But I also didn't want to live in a shabby old house anymore. So, I decided to do get involved with some restoration projects – the kitchen, bathrooms, and living room were all updated, as well as the roof. I also redesigned the entire property's landscape to give it a brand new look. Now that everything is complete, I miss the process! So, I thought I would relive some of my favorite projects by sharing ideas, tips, and tricks for renovation that might interest you. Hopefully you'll find the things I have to share inspiring and encouraging.

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What To Do If Your Hardwood Floors Sustain Water Damage

by Jonathan Lucas

One of the substances that is most susceptible to water damage in your house are your hardwood floors. Hardwood is generally more susceptible to water damage than other flooring types. However, if you take the right steps after your floors have been flooded, you can save your hardwood floors.

#1 Act Quickly

The first thing you need to do is act quickly if you suspect water damage. The sooner you are able to address the water damage, the better chance you have of saving your floors. 

As soon as you can, start removing the water. Take some pictures of the damage, and get to work. You can show the pictures to your insurance company later; don't waste time on the phone when you first discover the damage. Once you have cleaned up the mess, then put in a call to your insurance company.

#2 Find The Water Source

Next, you need to find the water source and figure out what is causing the flooding. This will determine how you move forward as well. 

For example, if a pipe has burst, you will need to turn off the water supply to that pipe before you start cleaning up the mess. If you can't find the supply to that particular pipe, you'll want to turn off the entire water supply to your house. 

As another example, if your sewage is backed up and is causing the flooding, you will need to proceed with caution because the water will be contaminated. Any time you are dealing with contaminated water that contains sewage, chemicals or dirt, you should call in a professional water company to help you with the clean-up process. You should also make sure that you are wearing protective clothing, such as rubber boots, waterproof overalls, and rubber gloves. 

#3 Remove The Water

Use a bucket and mop to remove the water. You can also use absorbent clothing and towels to remove the water. In order to wring out the water from the towels, put them inside of your washing machine on the spin cycle; do not put them soaking wet into your dryer.

#4 Clean The Floors

Once you have removed a significant amount of water, you will need to clean your floors. Use either a stiff brush or a stiff broom to scrub down your floors. You'll want to use a disinfectant solution to disinfect on your floors to remove any dirt that has settled. The cleaner you can get your floors, the lower the chance of mildew or mold growing. 

#5 Dry Your Floors

After you have cleaned your floors, you'll want to dry them again. Turn up the heat in the rooms that have been flooded; this will help any water that has been absorbed into your floors evaporate. You should also set up fans to dry your floors as well.

If you follow the steps above when your hardwood floors become flooded with water, you should be able to save them. Remember, the key is to act quickly, remove the water, remove the dirt and dry your floors.  For assistance, talk to a water damage restoration service.

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