real estate

7 tips to renovating after a natural disaster

Stomp out poor flooring
Stomp out poor flooring

Not surprisingly, disasters involving water are detrimental to floors. Carpet absorbs water and is difficult to dry out. McCurdy says while it's sometimes possible to dry, clean and re-lay carpet, you'll still need a new carpet pad. For areas such as the basement, consider flooring materials that can better handle the wetness.

"Tile is a good option because it can withstand moisture," says Ellis. However, in a catastrophic disaster, McCurdy says even tile can be ruined if the water sits on it for days.

As for materials not recommended in moisture-prone areas? Carpet, hardwood and laminate top the list of items to stay away from. "They'll be damaged pretty significantly by water," says McCurdy.

Ellis says an option for homeowners with basement moisture problems is to raise the floor off the concrete with rubber feet, making a small channel below where moisture can run.


advertisement

Show Bankrate's community sharing policy
          Connect with us
advertisement
MORTGAGE & REAL ESTATE NEWSLETTER

Timely market news and advice for consumers ready to buy, sell or invest in real estate. Delivered weekly.

Blog

David McMillin

CFPB slaps Flagstar Bank with $37.5 million fine

Michigan-based Flagstar Bank is paying the price for failing to help homeowners and breaking the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's new mortgage-servicing rules.  ... Read more

advertisement
Partner Center
advertisement

Connect with us