Millions of Florida homeowners were affected by Hurricane Irma in some way, with initial estimates indicating that around 1 in 4 homes in the Florida Keys were completely destroyed by this Category 3 hurricane. Even if your home was relatively unscathed throughout Irma and its resulting flooding, replacing any carpet, flooring tiles, or hardwood floors that have come into contact with large amounts of floodwater is crucial to maintaining the structural stability of your home. Read on to learn more about the specific dangers imposed by floodwater and why replacing your flooring is so important.
Why is Floodwater so Dangerous?
Water damage is never a pleasant thing to deal with, but having your home damaged by relatively “pure” water, like rainwater, generally just requires remediation or replacement of the affected beams or flooring tiles.
Floodwater, on the other hand, can contain everything from heavy metals like lead to fertilizer runoff or raw sewage, making it dangerous to even touch. Once floodwater has dried after coming into contact with your electrical wiring or power outlets, it can pose a fire risk, and floodwater that soaks into your floor’s underlayment or your drywall may lead to the growth of harmful mold and mildew.
Once this floodwater has reached the support beams of your floor or walls, it has the potential to permanently weaken them, causing expensive (and extensive) structural damage that isn’t likely to be covered by your homeowners’ insurance.
What is the Next Step?
Because of the many hazards posed by floodwater, it’s important to quickly and thoroughly replace any flooring, especially tiles, that have been in prolonged contact with floodwater. Even if you’re able to wipe up the surface water and don’t observe any damage from above, it’s likely this water has soaked through your porous tiles into the subfloor or underlayment, where it will later lead to mold, mildew, and structural issues.
Once your top layer of flooring has been removed, technicians can assess the damage to your subfloor and other parts of your floor, using heavy-duty fans to dry the floor and inhibit mold growth and replacing any boards or beams that have been soaked with floodwater. Your new flooring can then be installed on a solid, dry surface, helping it last decades without requiring extensive maintenance or future replacement.
While dealing with hurricane-related flood damage is never what most would consider “fun,” replacing damaged or potentially damaged flooring can be made simple by contacting Abston Installations for your flooring needs. Give us a call at (727) 710-181 or fill out our contact form below.