Between the random freezing temperatures, snow, and ice storms, spring is finally starting to make an appearance in Colorado. For some, this means the beauty of budding columbine and warmer temperatures. For others, the warming temperatures can pose a threat to their largest investment. As the weather gets nicer, many people discover water in their basements from a cracked hose bib pipe that froze over the winter. As it thaws, it can slowly leak through your ceiling or wall, causing water damage to your basement. Whether you have hardwood floor or carpet flooring in your basement, one thing is for sure: water damage is never a convenient issue to deal with. Aside from other damage, it can create a need for replacing your flooring before it would have needed replacement otherwise.
For more than 15 years, Urban Design Floors has assisted thousands of Denver residents with hardwood floor and carpet installations, meeting a variety of needs and exceeding expectations. If you have found yourself facing water damage in your basement requiring replacement of your flooring, browse our gallery and then give us a call. In the meantime, here are a couple tips we have for you in the event of water damage to your basement:
Dry It Out Promptly and Professionally
One of the most insidious characteristics of water is that it saturates every nook and cranny of any material it finds, including hardwood flooring and carpet. If you have carpet, this includes the pad which can act like a giant sponge and retain moisture. When moisture sits, mold spores can begin to form. Luckily, this is one instance where the dry climate in the Denver Metro area is beneficial — it can take days or even weeks before mold spores begin to form.
This gives you time to get on the phone with a professional water mitigation company. They have moisture readers and other professional tools that average homeowners don’t and can measure the moisture content in insulation, drywall, baseboard, cabinets, and flooring. They can quickly determine what materials will be salvageable, if any, and which materials will require replacement. In many cases, homeowners insurance will cover the cost of water mitigation. However, mold is something that is not typically covered. Prompt and professional water mitigation can prevent the need for replacing your solid or engineered hardwood flooring, as well as carpet and padding.
If Your Flooring Isn’t Salvageable
If it’s been determined that your flooring damaged beyond repair, you’ll need to find a reputable contractor to discuss your flooring options with you. Consider how you use the space in your basement and if now is the right time to consider a change in flooring materials. For example, if you had carpet but are looking for something that is easy to clean and low-maintenance, hardwood flooring may be a good choice. Also consider your budget and how it may or may not impact your choice in flooring materials. A good contractor will take the time to review what flooring materials will suit your needs and budget best.
If you’re in the Metro Denver area and looking to replace your current flooring out of desire or necessity, Urban Design Floors would love to work with you. From design to installation, our experts are will work with you to make your flooring dreams a reality. Give us a call today!