DIY Water Damaged Flooring Repair
Water damaged flooring of any kind is bad news.
Most laminate flooring is free floating (it doesn’t need to be nailed or glued down). When this flooring gets wet, water seeps through the cracks and settles under the flooring. This water will normally turn into mold within a day or two. Since it happens fast, it’s important to address it as soon as possible.
Once the concrete below the flooring has become water damaged, or if it contains asbestos, you may want to hire a local flooring company.
A customer asked me about the effects of water damage on laminate flooring. This is a common question when it comes to damaged flooring and flooring repairs.
Here’s a quick overview of what you need to know when it comes to your flooring and water damage.
DIY WATER DAMAGED FLOORING REPLACEMENT
In some cases, the concrete below the flooring may not be damaged or soaked. If this is the case, and you choose to address this problem yourself, you will want to begin with removing the soaked flooring (it should be fairly easy as it is normally just connected pieces).
You can expect it to take about three hours per 350 square feet. If you are considering hiring a local flooring company you can expect to pay about $1.40 per square feet for removal. My company charges about $1.20 per square feet including the haulaway and disposal. If you live in Phoenix, AZ and are looking for a local flooring company, contact us for a free quote.
Once the flooring has been removed you can use industrial blowers to dry the concrete below. If you are unable to obtain a portable blower, then you will want to leave the subfloor uncovered for about a week to ensure that it is completely dry.