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Water Damaged Timber

Almost no floor is immune to water damage. About the only exception is concrete, and this is not suitable for most homes.

Water will cause most floor materials to warp and bend. Under other conditions it may also cause contamination.

Types of water damage

Fresh Water – This will cause timber to warp and bend, though if the water is removed quickly the damage may be minimal.
If the floor remains damp for too long there may be problems with mould and mildew. This requires decontamination.

Black Water – this is basically polluted water, sewage or something unhygienic. Floors that have been flooded by black water will need to be replaced.

Gray Water – This is mildly polluted water, from fish-tanks, dishwashers, laundry or any outdoor sources. Floors that have been flooded with gray water will need to be decontaminated and probably re-sanded.

Drying floors.

Try to drain as much water out of the room as possible. And then dry mop the floor.

Use old bed-sheets, towels or other cloths to soak up as much water as possible.

Use fans or perhaps an air conditioner to help evaporate the remaining dampness. Be careful of the electrical appliances in these damp conditions.

 

Floor Sanding and Polishing Sydney

Water damaged timber floors will suffer warping and buckling as the timber soaks up the moisture. This can often be repaired with re-sanding. With re-sanding and a new protective surface finish the timber floors can look like new.

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