Repair Or Replace Water-Damaged Wood Floors? Is your hardwood floor swollen and ballooning? Well, there is no doubt that the reason for such issues is excessive moisture. Moisture affecting the condition of your floor is also known as water damage and it is a pretty common problem that can happen to everyone. While superficial water damage is nothing to worry about since it is easy to fix and often just wiping off the excess water and treating the light stain with simple households remedies is enough, if the water damage is more serious and moisture penetrated through the finish and affects the condition of the floorboards, you may find yourself wondering – is it worth it to go through all the hassle of repairing it or it will be smarter to replace the floor.