One of the most common issues property owners face following a water emergency is water-damaged wood. Whether the damage occurs suddenly from a flood or a burst pipe or slowly over time due to an undetected leak, wood and water don’t mix. Wood is a natural material that will break down and rot when exposed to water for long periods. If you’ve discovered water-damaged wood in your property, you’re in the right place. Emergency Mitigation Services provides services for 24-hour water removal in Lawrence and expert advice about treating wet wood.
Recognizing Water Damage
Different species of wood react to water in different ways.
- Hardwood. Water damage to hardwood shows staining, discoloration, cupping, and swelling.
- Particle Board. Particle boards will sag and weaken as a result of moisture.
- Plywood. Plywood is composed of layers of wood and glue. Water causes the layers to warp and come apart.
Are Repairs Possible?
This is the real question. The honest answer is that the damage to wood is often permanent. It is why it’s so important to prevent damage.
- Remove wooden furniture or other items from water immediately. The longer they sit in water, the worse the damage will be.
- Remove the water thoroughly. Wet/dry vacs, fans, and dehumidifiers will help remove the water and dry things out. Be aggressive and call for expert help when damage is severe.
Once everything is dry, it’s time to assess the situation and take action. Warped, rotting, moldy wood needs to be replaced; there’s nothing to be done. For hardwood floors, pry apart damaged floorboards and clean beneath them before replacing them. Chances are, the entire floor will then need to be sanded and refinished for a consistent look.
Be cautious about replacing structural wood; it’s critical to maintain sufficient support during the repair process. Structural beams need to be repaired or replaced by a professional.
If you’re handy, you can do basic repairs on small damaged sections in your home. Here’s how:
- Carefully remove rotten areas.
- Mix up filler putty.
- Fill the hole.
- Sand the filler flush with the surface.
- Prime and paint.
Furniture is more complicated. It would be best if you weighed the piece’s cost and value against the extent of the damage and potential cost of the repairs before deciding what to do. Expensive pieces should always be taken to a professional for restoration. You can attempt minor repairs yourself, but be certain to consult a woodworking expert before proceeding.
Emergency Mitigation Services is your local water removal expert. Our crews are available around the clock to provide comprehensive water damage cleanup in Lawrence. When floods, rain, broken pipes, or backed-up sump pumps strike, we’re here to remove the water and get things drying out as quickly as possible.
Water emergencies can happen at any time; it’s critical to respond rapidly to mitigate the damage. When the water has you feeling all wet, don’t hesitate. Call Emergency Mitigation Services!