Water Damage Restoration: Save Vinyl Flooring
LVT (luxury vinyl flooring) is quickly becoming a popular choice in homes in Charleston for its affordability, quality, and for the many options of color and appearance. While there are many types of vinyl floors that are waterproof, that does not mean that vinyl floors can survive water damage. Waterproof simply means that surface water will not affect the floor, or cause any serious damage. So, what does that mean for your vinyl floors if your home suffers water damage?
When Water Damage Strikes
When water damage restoration is required, there needs to be some fast-acting damage control. Most vinyl flooring comes in a plank format that clicks together, glues down, or is a loose-lay installation. If water gets underneath the planks, it will not only damage the vinyl flooring but can also cause serious damage to your sub-floor. The planks of the floor will have to be disassembled so that all the water can be cleaned up and dried thoroughly. Depending on the underlayment material, you may be able to reuse some after they have completely dried, like closed-cell underlayment. However, if you have a cork underlayment, then there is a higher risk it will have to be replaced due to the increased probability of mold and mildew growth.
Dangers Of Mold And Mildew
Mold and mildew growth can begin in as little as 48 hours following water damage. When mold growth occurs, there are some pretty serious side effects, especially for the health of all individuals in the home. Mold exposure can cause a number of respiratory symptoms like coughing, sneezing, itchy and watery eyes, sore throat, congestion, worsened asthma symptoms, headaches, and fatigue. Mold spores can travel through the air around the entire home, and are so small they cannot be seen by the naked eye, making them a threat that you may not even know is there. Without a timely water damage restoration response, not only will your vinyl floors be at risk of damage, but mold growth will also become a major worry.
Water Damage Restoration In Charleston
So, what is the best way to protect your floors from irreversible damage and your home from mold growth? Fast response to water damage restoration. The best way to ensure your vinyl floors can be saved from serious water damage, and your home protected from mold growth, is to call the professionals. By contacting our water damage restoration professionals as soon as possible, you are limiting the damage that the water causes to your property. Clean Masters is available 24/7 and can respond immediately to assess the damage and begin the extraction and drying process. When done correctly and quickly, a successful water damage restoration can protect your floors and your home from further damage.
Whether your LVT floors look like wood, tile, or stone, you want to be sure to keep them protected and in the best shape possible. Next time your home in Charleston suffers from water damage, call Clean Masters right away to ensure the best outcome for your floors and your entire home.