When To Replace Subfloor From Water Damage

April 15, 2024

Entering into a newly renovated or reconstructed house with new and luxe flooring, we can only see the beauty from the outside. But what holds it together and steady is the installation of subfloors. Subfloors provide a foundation layer for your floor structure typically made of wood, plywood or concrete. The primal and the most important functions of subfloors is to provide stability and leveling across the space where flooring has to be installed.

If your subfloor is showing signs of wear and tear, professional subfloor repair service can help!

Can Subfooring Be Damaged

Yes, subflooring can be damaged over time. Some of the reasons which can cause damage include:

  • Exposure to water or humidity can cause subflooring material to give in resulting in swelling, warp or rot over time.
  • Plumbing leaks, roof leaks and flooding can also saturate subflooring material and cause damage to overall or targeted areas.
  • Prolonged exposure to moisture can provide favorable breeding environments for mold and mildew, weakening the structure and function of subflooring material.
  • Termites and other pests feeding on wood can also cause significant damage to subfloorings over time.
  • Damage can be in the form of unevenness and less support caused due to improper installation.
  • Excessive load of furniture or any heavy equipment can cause damage to subflooring.
  • Use of low grade material can also be a reason for early and premature damage.

How Can You Tell Your Subfloor Is Damaged

While you can not easily identify the damage on your subflooring as it is covered by wood or other flooring material, listed below are some signs of damage to look out for.

  • If you are walking on the floor and hear squeaking or creaking sounds which are louder than walking on the rest of the space. This can signal water damage or if the sections are beginning to warp.
  • Small depressions or sinking is the sign which is linked to water exposure.
  • Loose or cracked tiles can also be a sign of subflooring issues caused by high moisture. Areas such as kitchens, bathrooms or laundry rooms can be highly affected by this.

Repairing Or Replacing Subflooring: Which Is The Right Option

Depending on the extent of the issue you are facing, subflooring can be repaired or replaced. If the issue is highly situated and just occurred, you can either patch and replace, sister joists, reinforced subfloor, mold remediation, drying etc. However, if your subflooring has sustained multiple forms of damages and repairs, it is now time to replace completely in order to restore the functionality of any given space.

Call For Professional Subfloor Repair Services

If your subfloor has been water damaged, our team at Flood Tech 3 can pay a visit for immediate repair and remedy. Call us at (703) 270-6428 for further information.