When it comes to water entry within the home, a flooded basement is often the first thing that comes to mind. However, flood basements aren’t the only cause for concern, and the basement isn’t the only area of your home that can fall victim to water damage. Your wood flooring is also put at risk when water enters your home. Whether it’s a result of a leaking pipe or ventilation issues, both water and moisture in your Michigan home can be problematic. Because moisture and humidity are far from uncommon here in the midwest, the wood flooring in your home could become compromised.
While we focus primarily on basement floods, crawl spaces, and foundation repair here at StayDry, that doesn’t mean we can’t be of aid when the flooring in your home falls victim to the effects of water and moisture damage. Though wood flooring looks great, it can be a little more difficult to maintain. With this, let the experts at StayDry fill you in on the common issues with wood flooring and how they can be addressed.
The Problem with Wood Floors
Like we said, wood floors look great and they can even stay warm through those freezing midwest winters. However, wood floors can also require a close watch and regular maintenance. Considering the midwest climate and typical precipitation year-round, issues with wood flooring aren’t exactly uncommon. Plus, water isn’t the only concerning factor with wood flooring. Moisture, humidity, and temperature can all cause wood to expand and contact. So, how exactly can the wood flooring in your home be affected?
Common Wood Floor Problems: Warping, Buckling & More
There are a few ways in which the wood flooring in your home can be affected by moisture and other factors. Regardless of the type of issue, you’ll need to repair not only the wood, but the cause of the moisture as well. Take a look at the types of wood floor problems detailed below:
- Cupping: We’ve all seen this somewhere before. Cupping floors occur when the ends of each individual board begin to slope upward, away from the surface while the center of the board remains low. This is often a result of remaining water from a flood or moisture being trapped between the surface and flooring, which can otherwise be avoided with a vapor barrier.
- Crowning: In contrast to cupping, crowning floors slope upward in the middle of the board while the edges stay flat. While this can also be the result of moisture issues, it’s often the result of poorly repaired cupping.
- Sagging: When the entire floor begins to sag, you’ve got a more serious problem that may be rooted in your crawl space. Somewhat often, crawl spaces are built without enough support for the home above.
Resolving the Issue
With the exception of sagging, cupping and crowning wood floors can often be easily resolved by allowing the wood to dry out. Often times the wood will return to its original state as it dries, but the source of water and moisture must always be addressed first. In many cases, a dehumidifier will be necessary to help dry out the wood and expel moisture.
Wood Floor Problems? Call StayDry!
When issues arise in the wood flooring of your home, the first step is always to ensure the source of moisture is properly addressed. Fortunately, StayDry can come out and help you determine the root of the problem. We can even supply you with a quality dehumidifier to help remove the moisture.
If you’ve noticed issues within your Michigan home’s wood flooring, be sure to give StayDry a call at 800.782.9379. You can also contact us here for a free estimate.