When To Replace Your Subfloor From Water Damage

by Allied / Thursday, 01 April 2021 / Published in Uncategorized

Have you recently noticed a soft spot under your carpet? Unfortunately, it may be hard to know what goes on under your flooring. Under a home’s flooring lies the subfloor, which gets minimal attention unless during a full-scale renovation. Luckily there are some tell tale signs on when to replace your subfloor.

Most homeowners assume no damage is ever done to the subfloor. Unfortunately, subfloor damage is often a result of water damage but is hidden beneath the carpet and floorboards. This makes it difficult to know when you need to replace your subfloor from water damage. Here are signs that it is time to get rid of your subfloor and replace it with a new one. 

Uneven or Sunken Floors

If you notice soft spots under your wood or carpet flooring, it could point to weak panels below. While replacing the entire subfloor may not be necessary, you may have to remove the damaged pieces to prevent further rotting. Sunken floors are caused by water damage deteriorating the wood. It can also be the result of improper installation. 

Loud Squeaks from the Floorboards

Tiny floor squeaks are almost not uncommon at home and are so typical that they go unnoticed. However, if the squeaks get louder than usual, it might require attention. The subfloor will squeak if the nails connecting them to the joists are pulled loose. Under ideal circumstances, the nails firmly hold the subfloor to the joists, avoiding any squeaks. Once the subfloor begins to warp or twist (as common in softwood floors), nails start to loosen. 

A Persistent Musty Smell

The smell of mildew or mold is a surefire water damage sign. Unfortunately, the challenging part is finding out where the odor is coming from. A professional mold inspection should help you locate the mold presence for mold remediation. If your wood or carpet floor smells musty, you are certainly dealing with a water-damaged subfloor. This requires remediation to fully repair.

Cracked and Popping Tile Flooring

Tile requires a strong, solid surface underneath it to avoid cracking. Unfortunately, popping and cracking tiles are signs that something isn’t right. If you notice cracks on your tiles, the best conclusion is that the subfloor is not firm enough to hold it up. When installing tile over plywood, there should be a cement backer board between the panels and the tiles. 

Bouncy Floor When You Walk On It

A little spring in your step is not harmful unless the springy feeling originates from the floor. Watch out for a spongy, bouncy, or springy floor. The bounce is often a result of lacking a cement board usually laid on top of the subfloor for any tile project. If you notice the floorboards around your home beginning to shift when you walk on them, it could mean that you need to replace your subfloor. 

Cupping Hardwood Floors

Cupping hardwood floors could mean that your home’s humidity is extremely high. It could be a sign that water is warping the materials underneath. Fortunately, you can reverse the cupping with the help of a professional hardwood drying service. But, you must have first discovered and addressed the water source.

A Loose or Rocking Toilet

A toilet moves when the subfloor decays to the point that it no longer anchors the fasteners holding it to the floor. The moisture damage is usually a result of your toilet’s pipes leaking. It is vital to get it fixed immediately since it only worsens with time.

Extensive Water Damage

If there has been water stagnating between the finished floor and the subflooring, there is a high chance of water damage. Leaking roofs or leaking drains in the walls or sinks might cause your subfloor to absorb some water. Check for possible signs of water damage, which are usually related to damaged subfloors.

Damages of Water/ Mold Damage

If left unchecked, water damage compromises your home’s structural integrity. It weakens your ceiling, furniture, walls, and woodwork. Water damage can be costly if not dealt with early enough. The process of water damage mitigation and remediation often requires lots of replacements and labor, which costs a lot of money.

Unfortunately, stagnating water provides breeding grounds for mold and mildew. Besides being an unpleasant sight, mold growth poses severe health risks to humans. A mold inspection can help you determine the level of mold damage and take the appropriate measures.

Hire A Remediation & Restoration Professional

At Allied 24/7 Property Restoration, we provide a wide range of restorative services, from water damage, smoke damage to mold damage remediation. If you notice any of the above signs, call our water damage experts at Allied 24/7 Property Restoration for emergency assistance.