Water and wood just don’t mix. If you’ve been following the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey or Hurricane Irma, this should come as no surprise. When water sits on top of hardwood floors, it can permanently ruin the hardwood as the wood will absorb the water through its pores causing warping and discoloration. So, if you have a flood or water damage (or even just a spill) on your hardwood flooring, you’ll want to remove the water and dry your floors as quickly as possible. Speed is the key. The first 24 hours are critical, and the longer the wood is in contact with water, the worse the damage will be. If you remove the water from your hardwood floors quickly and properly dry them, you may be able to save the wood (or most of it). Most likely, you will need to sand and refinish the wood afterwards, and then your floors will look (almost) brand new. And, you’ll avoid the cost and hassle of ripping up and hauling away the hardwood as well as paying for new wood and installation. Refinishing hardwood is way less expensive vs replacing it.