If you have laminate flooring in your home, and, like many others, think that your floors are safe from water damage, there are some important things that you should know. Water damage occurring underneath laminate flooring is something that we at Bear Water Restoration see fairly often, and the longer it goes untreated, the worse the damage can be.

In this blog post, we’ll discuss some of the causes of laminate floor water damage, and how to tell if your carpet has water damage beneath your laminate flooring. Thought laminate flooring is less susceptible to water damage than carpets or area rugs, the water can sometimes make its way beneath the laminate flooring, causing your wood floors to swell and separate.

Below is an image of what wood floors look like once water has gotten underneath the laminate flooring and has caused the wood to begin to swell and distort:

If you are seeing this kind of swelling and separation happening in your floors, chances are that the water has gotten underneath the laminate flooring, as you can see in the image below:

To avoid water damage underneath your laminate flooring, be sure to clean up any spills or flooding as quickly as possible, and don’t assume that your laminate flooring is safe from water damage. If your home ever experiences a flood, water damage, or any other carpet or flooring emergency, remember that BEAR has 24/7 emergency response.