Pergo Flooring Water damage – Can Pergo Laminate Get Wet?

Did your Pergo Flooring got wet? Wondering how to repair your water-damaged Pergo Flooring?

You are in the right place, Just in time!

In this Pergo Laminate guide you will learn:

  • Can Pergo flooring get wet & Is it waterproof,
  • What kind of damage can water/moisture do to Pergo flooring,
  • How to Repair your water damaged Pergo laminate,
  • What to do If water is UNDER your Pergo!

It is Important to Remember that when It comes to Pergo Laminate Flooring, we need to act fast if you have a fresh water spill/water damage!

For Properly Installed Pergo floorings depending on the amount of water, you only have few hours to clean up the water and dry the Pergo before it causes damage that’s not repairable.

In this article we will cover Water Damaged Pergo Laminate flooring

If you have Pergo Engineered Floorings see this guide for Water Damaged Engineered Wood Floorings

If you have Pergo Vinyl / Luxury Vinyl tiles See this guide for Water Damaged Vinyl Floorings

Can Pergo Get Wet, Is it Water-Resistant?

Pergo invented laminate flooring back in 1977 and is the most popular Laminate manufacturer in the USA to this day. Their Laminate flooring is one of the better ones when it comes to Water Resistance.

Pergo Laminate Flooring is Water-Resistant and it can resist water for a short amount of time, Depending on which Pergo Flooring you have:

The Regular Pergo Water-Resistant Flooring can handle minor spills as long as they are cleaned up promptly: 

The outer layer is fully waterproof however the joints are NOT Water-Resistant, If you allow the water to Pool/Stand on the Pergo or have a flood situation the water will seep into joints and damage the flooring fairly quickly.

The Waterproof Pergo Range which includes TimberCraft+ WetProtect & Pergo Outlast+ is much better when it comes to water resistance:

Not only the outer layer is waterproof, but the joints also are better water-proofed & the flooring is specially made to be Water-Proof, however, Don’t let the Term Waterproof fool you when it comes to laminate flooring…

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Is Pergo Flooring actually Waterproof?

The regular Pergo flooring range is definitely not waterproof, the Improved WaterProof Pergo range is much better when compared to the regular range.

However It’s not actually Waterproof as Water will still Ruin it if it has enough time to soak the flooring, it can withstand regular splashes, small spills, or Pet accidents, unlike other Laminate floorings.

Pergo Laminate flooring is typically made from Hard fibreboard that has been embossed by a vinyl sheet to give its look and protection.

In other words, It’s a ”tightly squished together cardboard” – a material that doesn’t hold up water too well and will swell and expand as it’s exposed to moisture.

If you have a Flood Situation or Busted pipes with a lot of water coming on the flooring for extended times the Pergo has no chance against such water damage, the water will damage your Pergo Flooring even if you have the Waterproof range Pergo Flooring.

Pergo Flooring Water Damage

What do you do If water Has damaged your Pergo flooring? Let’s go over the most common problems, how can you tell the extent of the damage and see what we can do about it.

See our Full Guide: Laminate Water Damage

Problems with Water Damaged Pergo flooring

Swelling or Blistering Joints: The most common sign that there has been water damage on your Pergo Flooring, almost any size of a water leak can cause this. Often caused in kitchens by leaking appliances, sinks, fridges, dishwashers, or any accidental spill.

If you find a source of the leak and the swelling is very small and only affecting one or 2 boards, this can be mended or at least made better with a hairdryer/very large weight, we will cover this later in the article!

Very Large Swollen Bubbles/Swell areas: This indicates a very large water leak/spill, if you have these very large swollen areas all across your Pergo floor and there hasn’t been extensive flood damage, this will indicate that there is very high moisture/water under your Pergo Flooring!

Discoloration: Indicates a possible Mold Problem/ Moisture under your Pergo flooring or very high moisture levels in your house.

Can individual Pergo Floorboards exposed to water damage be fixed?

Since the Pergo is made from High-Density Fibreboard which will deform and expand as it soaks up the water there is no way to completely fix or repair the water-damaged pergo pieces.

Depending on the extent of the water damage, you might need to only replace the affected pieces with replacement ones or replace the whole floor.

How to Repair Water Damaged Pergo flooring

For very Small water damaged areas with very small, barely noticeable edge swelling (affecting 1 or 2 boards):

1. Make sure you have eliminated the source of water/leak or moisture.

2.Use a Hairdryer to heat up the area and completely dry the area out,

3.Place a very heavy item such as a stack of heavy books over the damaged Pergo flooring area, or a dumbbell/heavy water bottle over a stack of books,

4.The swelling should go down to an extent in a couple of days as the floor continues to dry.

Please note that this will work to only an extent and ONLY for very small swelling that has been affected by water only recently.

Most of the time some deformation/swelling will still remain, If the results are not good enough the affected boards will need to be taken up and replaced.

I have used this method personally many times over the years with decent success, however, don’t get your hopes up -especially if the swelling is not extremely small and very fresh.

For Medium Damage When you need to Replace Some of the Water Damaged Pergo Flooring Boards:

1. Make sure you have Eliminated the Source of Water

2.Make sure you can source replacement boards of the exactly same Pergo flooring you already have installed,

3.Remove the baseboards/trim from walls to get access to your Pergo laminate,

4.Start unlocking and removing the Pergo flooring boards till you reach the damaged area,

You will need to remove ALL of the boards to get access to the damaged area. Due to the locking mechanism of pergo flooring you can’t remove only the damaged boards without taking up the Baseboards and flooring boards that are laid after the damaged area.

5.Inspect for any Signs of Water Under the Pergo Flooring, if there is any, take up a few more rows of boards and make sure to completely dry out the subfloor,

6.Remove any of the water damaged boards or boards you may have damaged while taking them up,

7. Start assembling the flooring back and replace the water damaged boards with new pergo flooring boards,

8. Reinstall back the Baseboards

Remember the importance of making sure that the subfloor is completely dry, use a moisture meter if needed to verify.

If you repair the flooring and don’t take care of the moisture levels, your Pergo Flooring Will get damaged again.

Not only that, but It can also cause mold problems or rot out your subfloor causing structural issues to your whole house!

Consider bringing in a professional water damage restoration company that has the equipment and skill to properly Repair your water-damaged Pergo Flooring.

They will also be able to properly dry out the subfloor and fix the source of the water damage so you have no future problems!

For Large Damage when all of the Pergo Floor Needs to be Replaced:

1.Remove the baseboards and take up all the old water-damaged pergo flooring,

2.Remove and dispose of the old underlay, Do not try to re-use it with the new flooring as it will be moisture affected,

3.Make sure that the source of water damage is taken care of,

4.Make sure that the subfloor is completely dry, if not consider hiring a water damage restoration company to completely dry it out with industrial-grade dehumidifiers,

5.Make sure that the source of water damage isn’t water coming up from below,

6.Install new moisture resistant underlay

7.Install new flooring of your choice

Remember the Importance of taking care of the source of the water damage and to properly dry your Subfloor before new flooring installation.

Otherwise, you will not only have to replace your new flooring again but also have to deal with mold issues or future structural issues of your house.

A water damage restoration company can not only help you Repair or Replace your Pergo flooring, but also deal with the cause of the water damage.

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Water Under Pergo Flooring – What to do?

If you suspect you have water under your Pergo flooring you need to act fast, as not only it can damage your Pergo flooring it can wreak havoc on all your house.

The most common sign apart from obvious water damage or leak is discoloration of your pergo flooring and a smell of mold/visible mold in your house.

When compared to real hardwood floors, you can’t dry under Laminate flooring without having to completely take it up.

Once you have taken the flooring up, you will need to dispose of the water-soaked laminate underlay.

To Properly Dry out under the Pergo Flooring a Combination of Dehumidifiers and physical water removal will be needed.

When to Call a Professional?

To Sum it up, If you only have small damage from a small water leak/spill it’s perfectly possible for any serious DIY’er to take up the water-damaged Pergo Flooring pieces and replace them with new ones.

If you have a large water leak/Flood Situation and you want to save your current pergo flooring it’s advisable to contact a Water Damage Restoration company.

They have Industrial-Grade Equipment to collect the water and dry it out before it has the chance to damage your flooring.

If you have large water damage that has already damaged your Pergo flooring, a repair or replacement will be needed, a water damage restoration company can also do this.

They will also be able to properly take care of the cause of the water damage and completely dry out your house so there is no chance of any further damage or serious mold growth, which is extremely common after water damage.

We have Water Damage Restoration Technicians that can help Restore your Flooring.

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