Will Urban Surfaces’ flooring be damaged in a flood?

Yes. Urban Surfaces engineers its flooring products to withstand common liquid spills and messes. However, standing water will most likely damage flooring material, especially when exposed for long periods of time.

Keep in mind, water is not the problem. It’s the pH in the water.

What is pH?
This is a scale -- from 1 to 14 -- that measures the acidity or alkalinity of a liquid. Distilled water sits in the middle of the scale, showing a neutral pH of 7. An acid has a pH below 7, and anything with a pH above 7 is an alkali, or base.

For example, vinegar is very acidic. It has a pH of about 2. Learn more about pH levels in water.

Damage caused by pH water
Flood water from above or a slab leak from below often changes the pH of a cured concrete slab. This is likely what your subfloor is made of, and what your flooring is installed on. So, if water deformed Urban Surfaces flooring, it was, most likely, the extreme pH levels that caused the failure.

What you should do before installing flooring
Test the concrete subfloor to determine the pH level and alkalinity before installation. It’s important. Any pH level below 5 or above 9 can cause the adhesive to fail and breakdown the flooring, weakening its integrity and longevity.