Water-damaged baseboards: Everything you need to know
It can be difficult to repair water damage to baseboards. Water Damage Near Me, a water removal expert, will discuss everything you need to know regarding water-damaged baseboards.
We’ll discuss the causes of water damage to baseboards and the warning signs that you can watch for. Also, we will explain your options for fixing it. You should call an expert if you see any warning signs on your baseboards.
What is a Baseboard?
Baseboard is the trip between the floor and wall. Baseboard is usually between 3-8 inches high and can be made in many different materials and styles. It is decorative trim that hides the gaps between the floor and wall.
What causes water damage to baseboards?
Home flooding is the first major cause of water damage to baseboards. It’s not surprising that your baseboards will have suffered water damage if there has been any water in your home. Baseboards can be damaged by water if leaking pipes behind walls are slow in flow. Water damage can also be caused by heavy rains. Water can eventually seep through your walls, reaching your baseboards.
This is evidence of a flood event that occurred in the past, and it could be a sign you are buying a new home or vacationing. Have an expert inspect the area and look for mold growth.
Baseboards damaged by water? These are three easy to spot warning signs:
- Peeling wall coverings
- Your baseboards are no longer in contact with the wall
- Stain that grows larger over time
Baseboard water damage: What are the different types?
Clean Water Leakage
Grey Water Leak
Black Water Leakage
Damaged faucet/washing machine/ dishwasher
Clogged drain pipes
Things to consider before you repair a water-damaged baseboard
A damaged baseboard is required for repair. It is possible to tell if your baseboards are flat on the ground or rising due to warping. If the baseboards can be salvaged, you should find and fix the leak before attaching the baseboards. If the baseboards are damaged by water or fiberboard baseboards become swollen from absorption, it is time to replace them. After your chosen professional has addressed the leak and damaged drywall, both of these situations require new baseboards.
Step-by-step guide on how to repair damaged baseboards
Between the wall and baseboard, place a painter’s or molding pry bar. Remove the trim from the drywall by separating it in sections. As the trim is being removed, keep the finishing nails in place with your baseboard.
You can remove any glue or caulk residues from the wall using the utility knife. Smooth surfaces will ensure a better seal for attaching the baseboard. Use a drywall sander to smoothen out any rough edges.
Double-check the trim that was removed. Also, check for water damage and wet spots under the baseboards. You will need to dry the project. Your finished job should not trap moisture in the subfloor or wall.
Measure the baseboard lengths that you need to replace with tape and add several feet. When shopping for molding, match the original trim with a small strip.
Power Tip: Look in your closets for a matching baseboard if you are having trouble finding it. It can be used to replace something similar.
To hold your replacement baseboard in place, apply a few drops of caulk to its back. Place it so that the ends join with existing trim. Finish the job by nailing the baseboard to the wall and caulking its top.
Are you still not confident? Give us a call!
Water Damage Near Me can help you if your home is suffering from water damage to the baseboards. We are proud to announce that we have:
- Water mitigation specialists
- High-tech drying equipment
- All your baseboard restoration and small plumbing needs under one roof