One of the nice things about March, aside from the basketball tournament, is the weather. After the winter the Nashville and the middle Tennessee area experienced, the sight of rising temperatures and things starting to bloom around the city is enough to make the shivering residents forget about the scorching temperatures that will follow. Yes ladies and gentlemen, spring is right around the corner. The downside (and there always is one) is that the increase in moisture that is essential to the growth of plant life is also essential to harmful molds and pests that can wreak havoc on your floors. Luckily, the professionals here at Ozburn-Hessey have dealt with just about every flooring related problem, so a little moisture is not going to faze them. Whether that means recommending vinyl plank flooring to replace your old damaged carpeting, or helping you understand the extent of the damage to your wonderfully aged oak hardwood flooring, we have you covered.
Moisture, How Does it Do That?
The first step in combating the problem is understanding it. Moisture, in its simplest form, is just concentrated water vapor. It can come from a variety of sources, including the steam from your showers and kitchen to outside forces rising through small cracks in basement floors. It can be something that you inadvertently caused, or something entirely outside your control. Regardless of where it comes from, an excess of moisture is going to cause massive problems for your flooring, especially if you have carpeting. The reason carpeting is more susceptible to moisture is the same reason it is more affected by allergens and dust: things easily get trapped in the long fibers. This can lead to smaller problems, like the sort of musty smell most people associate with basements, but it can also lead to larger problems, such as mold. Hardwood flooring has a bit of moisture built in already, but too much can lead to serious issues like bowing, cupping, and swelling.
How to Protect Your Floors
The easiest way to fight this almost watery demon is with fast action. Any time you have a water spill or flooding occurs, do your very best to clean it up as soon as possible. This works well for smaller spills, but it does not do anything to fight one of the biggest problems that plagues the resident of the area: humidity. The simplest answer to this situation is to run a dehumidifier in any room where this might be a problem. Other than that, the best way to protect your home or office from the dangers of moisture is to make sure it never gets in. This can be accomplished by fixing any cracks and a heavy application of insulation and general waterproofing.
Moisture is not a word many enjoy, and that is not because of the visceral reaction the word itself causes in some. It can lead to water stains, mold, and physical deformities if not taken care of right away. In the event that these work-arounds do not work out, the professionals here at Ozburn-Hessey will be more than happy to discuss flooring installation options for your new floor right away.