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How Can I Repair My Vinyl Floors After I Have an Appliance Leak?

7/8/2020 (Permalink)

flood in kitchen Do you know how to restore your appliances after water damage? Call SERVPRO of Pigeon Forge to mitigate your problems.

For Water Mitigation After You Have an Appliance in Your Pigeon Forge Home Leak--Call SERVPRO

Most houses in Pigeon Forge have several appliances that have plumbing running to them, including your dishwasher, washing machine, and your refrigerator's ice maker. If one of these appliances malfunctions, then moisture can follow gravity and collect on your vinyl flooring.

How can you tell if my vinyl flooring got wet or is ruined?

During water mitigation projects in Pigeon Forge, our SERVPRO technicians often have to deal with wet vinyl floors because many kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms contain this type of flooring. Vinyl Floors can come in rolls, planks, or tiles, and they either get glued down or snapped together during installation.

  1.     Inspection Process- To inspect the presence of moisture underneath vinyl flooring, we can use a non-penetrating moisture meter. Since some vinyl materials and the glues that hold them down can contain asbestos, we always get the adhesive and the flooring tested before we attempt to lift it or remove it.
  2.     Can the Floors Be Restored?- Moisture usually does not damage vinyl floors if it stays on top of the flooring. As a first step, our SERVPRO team can extract, squeegee, or mop up any standing water sitting on top of your flooring. However, if the water made its way underneath the flooring, it could loosen the adhesives holding the vinyl to the subfloor.
  3.     Concrete Subfloors- When your vinyl flooring is glued down to a concrete subfloor (like it is in many laundry rooms), the tiles could start to become loose if a significant amount of water saturates the floor. If moisture flows up through the concrete, then it could push the vinyl tiles off of it.
  4.     Plywood Subfloors- When vinyl floors are attached to wooden subfloors (like in many bathrooms and kitchens) the flooring can get damaged due to the subfloor warping or deteriorating.

If one of the appliances in your house ever breaks and leaks water onto your floors, call SERVPRO of Sevier, Jefferson & Cocke Counties at (865) 429-8885 24 hours a day.

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