How Water Damages Floors (And How To Stop It)

  • August 24, 2021
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how water damages floors and how to stop it

Water is a necessity for everyday life. However, it can be just as detrimental to our floors as it can be beneficial to us. Damaged caused by water is a slient expense that gets worse and worse the more it’s ignored.

Water can end up on our floors in any number of different ways. This includes but isn’t limited to spills, wet foot traffic, and leaks from toilets, sinks, showers, or pipes. With this in mind, here’s how water damages floors. 

Here’s What Water Can Do

There are several ways this damage can manifest itself: 


Wooden floors are especially vulnerable to excess amounts of water. While all floors deform in their own way if exposed to it for too long, wood floors undergo a radically different change. They become more and more swollen until they begin to lift higher off the ground. Their soft and squishy texture and raised flooring are a dangerous combination. 

Unstable Ground

Most material cracks or deforms in unique ways due to water damage. However, ceramic tiles are the most subtle and dangerous. Water damages the grout between tiles and slowly detaches the adhesive material. This loosens tiles to a degree that is often not visible until it is too late. Slip-and-fall accidents are common in these situations from both the slippery water and the loose tiles. 

Fungal Growth

No matter the surface, mold and mildew commonly grow in wet, poorly-maintained areas. These both cause a variety of health issues such as allergies and eye, skin, nose, throat, and lung irritation. It also slowly degrades floors of all types over time. On top of this, it is difficult to fully remove once it begins to grow. This means chronic problems for whoever and occupies that space around it and for the space itself. 

Specialty Mat Will Stop These Damages

Now that you know how water damages floors, go with the only service that can effectively stop it: Specialty Mat! Here’s how: 

  • Mats: Our mats are built for durability against the worst elements in high traffic areas. They have durable bristles and absorbent material that effectively prevent wet substances from making it to the floors from the outside. 
  • Mops: For what our mats can’t keep out, our mops are here to help. Most water damage comes from sources other than outside the facility, which is why we design our mops to stand up to any potential mess. They are made with materials capable of soaking up anything from simple water to other, more viscous liquids. 
  • Facility Products: Our facility products are highly effective at dealing with mold and mildew at any stage of growth. We provide a variety of cleaning products such as heavy-duty cleansers and absorbent paper towels that are perfect for the task. 

Contact Specialty Mat Today!

Specialty Mat knows how water damages floors and how to stop it. Our services are your best bet for effective deterrents to deformation, unstable ground, and fungal growth. And you can start today! Call us at (800) 941-6287 or visit our website to request a free quote.

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