Repairing the damage done to your home after a flood can look like an overwhelming job. In most cases, it’s best to seek out the services of a professional flood damage restoration team. But when my home flooded a few years ago, I found out that there were some things that I could do myself. Books, clothes, and even furniture can recover from water damage under the right circumstances. Knowing how to prevent mold, and remove it when you find it, can also come in handy after a flood. I know that it can be a devastating event for a family. That’s why I started this blog – to share my experience with flood damage and share the things that I learned that helped me put my home back together. With both professional help, and amateur ideas, hopefully you can learn something useful from my experience.
If you have a cement flooring in your garage, you may want to give it some extra protection to keep it from fading or cracking. Adding epoxy to an existing cement surface will help keep it from deteriorating and will give it an eye-pleasing shine. Here are some directions you can use to make your garage floor stand out while giving it a layer of protection.
Before you add an epoxy layer to your flooring, it will need to be scrubbed thoroughly to remove any grease or oil stains that may be on the surface. This is very important or the epoxy will not adhere and your flooring will not have a uniform color. Use a bristle brush dipped in a mild detergent and use it to scrape away any staining. This may take a few applications. If you have access to a walk-behind power scrubber, it will make the job a bit easier.
After your existing flooring is fully cleaned you will need to find time to add the epoxy when the weather outdoors is warm and without a chance of precipitation. The garage door will need to remain open for the weekend, and any inclement weather can ruin your progress.
Filling In Cracks
Before you add an epoxy coating to your garage floor, all cracks and crevices will need to be filled in so the end result will be a smooth floor without blemishes. Any crack that has a width of 1/4 inch or greater can be filled with an epoxy crack filling substance. This can be bought at any hardware or home goods store. Apply it to the affected area with a putty knife, making sure to smooth it over the surface of the floor. Allow it to dry overnight and use a piece of sandpaper the next morning to smooth down any excess putty.
When applying epoxy, use a respirator so you do not breathe in fumes. Epoxy is rather strong-smelling and it is best added when you have plenty of ventilation. Epoxy can be bought in a variety of colors, making the flooring of your garage stand out with a rich, shiny hue. Pick a color that you enjoy, as it will last for many years after applied.
Epoxy will need to be mixed with water before it can be applied. The instructions will vary according to the brand you had purchased. Be sure to read the directions on the packaging and mix inside a bucket. It will need to cure for several minutes before you can brush it onto your flooring. Start in one corner and brush the epoxy on the floor using a regular paint brush.
After one coating has been added, it must dry for a day before you add another coating. Apply a coating of floor wax over the epoxy finish is dried to allow for easier clean-up. Floor wax can be applied once a month to keep it clean. For more tips, contact a company like The Carolina Floor Project.Share
5 March 2015