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How Flood Damage Affects Different Colorado Springs Flooring Types

10/2/2017 (Permalink)

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Storm floods tend to be sudden, explosive disasters that can strike a home unexpectedly. Even after the flow of water has stopped, a flood-ravaged home still bears the marks of damage. Among the most heavily damaged parts of the home are always floors and foundations, which are often inundated in water for hours or even days. During this time, significant and costly flood damage can occur to your Colorado Springs home's flooring materials by soaking in and causing permanent damage. Here is a quick overview of how several common floor types react to flooding.

Carpeting is often the least-protected flooring material in a Colorado Springs home against flood damage. Porous and weak, carpeting can fray, warp, shrink, stain, and develop mold growth when soaked through with water. Depending on the flood's severity, we may have to fully replace the carpet, or institute a rigorous drying and restoration regimen.

Wood floors can react very differently to a flood depending on their respective species and finishes. Some types of wood may prove highly resilient, requiring little to no work from SERVPRO personnel beyond simple cleaning tasks. Others may warp and bend, requiring intensive care and refinishing. We have special drying mats to extract water from between the joints of the planks to salvage many floors thought lost.

Tile is typically better off than other types of flooring in the aftermath of a flood, but must still be cared for and cleaned. Tiles can break or chip in the flood, requiring some limited retiling and refinishing. Some types of grout may also be susceptible to floodwater, and we usually must sanitize grout thoroughly to prevent mold growth.

Concrete floors are most common in storage spaces and garages, and are usually either a part of the foundation or directly on top of it. While concrete is resistant to most types of damage, thorough soaking can cause water to seep in and start cracking the material. Concrete ranks among the easiest materials for SERVPRO to clean, but without careful attention, can become the costliest effect of the flood. Caution is needed to draw the moisture out of porous concrete pads slowly.

SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes is a locally-owned franchise with national resources to help you recover from the effects of flood damage. Call us 24/7 at (719) 434-4626.

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