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Water leaks from ceiling
Don’t ignore small water leaks that may be coming directly down on you through the roof. The weight of all that water will stretch your floor out just a little bit.
If you are dealing with an entire house full of humidity, then this might not be too noticeable. But in a limited-access bathroom, there could be some significant swelling to fix.
Water leaking into the room can also create a dangerous environment for mould growth. If you have any signs of mold (a musty or damp smell, visible black spots or stains), get rid of it before it gets anywhere close to toxic.
The best way to deal with wet floors is to prevent them from happening in the first place. Check the leak every week and keep track of where they are occurring.
Also understand that preventing future leaks depends largely on keeping the pipes and ducts running across the ceiling dry. All air conditioning systems require frequent emptying and washing to ensure they are working properly.
There are many sources of water leaks
Water can be coming from many different places within your home, either through leaky pipes or materials that were not previously installed properly.
It’s important to identify where the water is coming from, as well as how much you have to work with. You may already have an idea of what caused the moisture in your floor, but if you don’t, these questions should help you figure it out.
Many times its small things like this that cause the biggest headaches. Pipes can develop tiny cracks which allow some water to seep into the wall, causing swelling and damage.
Installing rubber gaskets around any changes in pipe size can prevent fluid from leaking onto otherwise safe areas.
Fixing problems before they get too big is easier than after they become large issues. Both plumbing systems and floors need to be thoroughly inspected when there are concerns.
Water can seep through cracks in floors
Moisture is something that everyone likes, but it can be tricky to keep under control. Floors are especially sensitive to moisture because of how much equipment and bodies need to stay dry for health reasons.
If you’re dealing with an unexpectedly wet floor during your day, start with yourself before moving onto everything else. Make sure nothing you handle was water-soaked or dripping before you touched it.
If you did find something wet or leaking, deal with it immediately. Don’t let anything remain soaked or leaking while people are walking over it.
Look at your floors carefully
If you have young children, then check their floor maintenance schedule.
If they are very little and close to walking, then you can keep them away from stairs and ensure that they stay in the living room.
Also check around the house for dropped toys or other items that could be causing the water damage. It is also possible that someone left something near the bathroom sink which was accidentally knocked over.
Contact the parents of any child who has access to the bathroom to make sure there’s no medical emergency going on. Then come back and do an inspection of the whole floor area.
Maybe it’s just the toddler running water into the tub while brushing his teeth that needs monitoring. Or maybe the toilet bowl is full of dirty diapers and must be cleaned out.
Whatever the case may be, this is not safe and healthy for anyone to be doing more than occasionally.
This includes cleaning surfaces, towels, and other material that might carry bacteria such as feces. Diarrhea spreads easily through the fecal-oral route.
That is, you can get sick by swallowing contaminated mucus or saliva that gets onto a surface like a towel and goes forth to brush your kids’ teeth or eat again.
Moisture can also be caused by moisture levels in the ground
It is common for floors to get wet due to rain or melting snow above you
If your floor is completely level, there could be some water flowing off of the place where it drains into
You would have to be sitting right on top of the drain to feel any movement[ if you are not]
Know the difference between wet and dry damage
If your floor gets wet occasionally, it’s likely due to “dry damage”. This happens when water vapour moves through the flooring and passes back into liquid form as condensation.
If you have any questions or need help determining whether or not your wet floors are due to dry damage, contact our knowledgeable team at Calgary Floors today.
We can determine if there is dry damage by taking a look at the underlying subfloor.
If you’re unsure about how to detect dry damage, we recommend talking with an expert who will be able to guide you through the process.
Don’t assume a dry floor is completely dry
Most commercial cleaner products are formulated to be highly saturated so they leave your floors with an incredibly strong, long-lasting scent. However, these same products will also remove all of the natural moisture from your wooden or carpeted surfaces.
If you try to use one of these cleaners without first addressing the underlying problem, you could end up making the situation worse.
The liquid can go straight through the surface and into the subflooring, where it does little good. Furthermore, when water remains in the superficial layers of wood, furniture, and other floor materials, chemical reactions occur that can create dull, non-reflective finishes.
You want to avoid introducing chemicals when you do clean your house. The only way to achieve this is by using a degreaser or another product that removes built-up residue as well as soil.
A general rule to start with is having a very wet vacuum before you begin cleaning. After going over the floor with the vacuum, don’t worry about picking up much dirt/dust–it’s already been done for you.
There’s no need to scuff your floor again while trying to clean it. You’ll have to take extra care here because you won’t get everything off the surface.
Know where your water leaks are
If you notice that some areas of your floor are wet more often than others, it can help you pinpoint locations for water leak problems.
For example, if you know that one portion of your floor gets wet more frequently than other parts of the room, try to locate the source of that water.
You may find that there is an innocent explanation for what has been giving you trouble, but this will make sense only after taking a look at how everything works in your home.
If you have young children who play outside, then perhaps it makes sense that they would get muddy behind house doors as well as out front.
Such behavior is probably a developmental stage that they go through instead of actual parenting skills.However, if you see this happening too regularly, then there could be a problem with the environment or habits which needs attention.
Also pay close attention to when these incidents happen — especially if things change depending on the time of day.Perhaps during certain times of the week something in your routine contributes to all of the wet floors, or vice versa.
Maybe there’s a particular friend who visits every afternoon and leaves tips about shopping malls and restaurants.Or maybe your little boy loves going to the playground and leaving flowers by the door.
Whatever the case may be, knowing whether these occurrences happen most days versus just occasionally gives you a way towards solving the issue.
Flush out your pipes
If you notice that your floor is regularly wet, it’s time to call a plumber. But before you do, there are some things you can try yourself to fix the problem.
Start by checking how far the water pipe extends into its hole. Most plumbing system have extensions that go down into the wall, but not enough to reach the pipe itself.
Also check if any of the leaky parts are made of plastic or metal, as these may be responsible for the leaking area. Then finally, make sure all holes through which water flows into the wall are sealed with suitable gaskets.