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How to save your water damaged hardwood flooring
DryHero is a Lincoln Nebraska water damage restoration company that is trained and certified to dry water damaged hardwood flooring. If you have water damaged floors, this video is a must see if you have water damaged hardwood flooring in your home.
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Water Damaged Hardwood Floor Drying
Water damaged hardwood flooring can be indentified by cupping, warping, discoloration and flaking of the surface. Water damaged wood floors are one of the most difficult materials we dry. Besides being dense and coated with vapor barriers, they can also reach a “point of no return” if the water damage is not promptly addressed. In the water damage restoration industry, damaged wood flooring is one of the most challenging materials to dry. DryHero has the experience, training and moisture testing instrumentation to inspect, evaluate and recommend the best restoration options for your wood flooring system.
Time is Not on Your Side
When it comes to water damage and wood flooring, time is definitley NOT on your side. Wood plank flooring can sustain permanent structural damage as well as mold growth between the finish floor and subfloor. Mitigation decisions should be made promptly. I urge people to do their best to prequalify the wood flooring “expert” that will help them determine what actions, if any, should be taken. This point can’t be stressed enough. You don’t want to needlessly tear out a perfectly good wood floor. However, the more floors I dry, the more careful I am to identify all the potential challenges. In the end, I want what is best for my client, even if that means I have to pass on a job.
Moisture and Wood Floors
There are numerous factors that affect how a wood floor will react to moisture. No wood flooring system will tolerate high levels of moisture over an extended period of time, but some do better than others when it comes to surviving water damage.
Solid wood floors have the highest salvage potential because you’re dealing with 100% real, solid wood planks. There are no resins, veneers or composite materials to deal with. In general, a solid wood floor can be sanded and refinished several times in its lifetime. So if you can control the moisture and stabilize the flooring system, refinishing can restore even badly damaged floors.
The harder the wood, the more slowly it will react to moisture. Oak flooring will react to moisture within a day or two whereas a hard maple floor may not cup for three, four or more days. The harder the material, the slower it absorbs moisture and the slower it will release it. Some softer wood floors (such as southern yellow pine) can be exposed to significant moisture yet only slightly cup, increasing the potential to underestimate the damage.
Another variable to how water damage affects solid wood flooring is whether it was finished on-site or pre-finished. Floors that are sanded in-place usually have a fairly continuous finish on them, reducing the rate at which they can absorb (and release) moisture. Pre-finished, solid wood flooring has the finish applied at the factory. To account for slight variances in the product thickness, manufacturers bevel (or “kiss”) the edges for a uniform look. Factory finishing produces a high quality finish, but the bevels will allow surface moisture to absorb into the wood at a higher rate. As a result, prefinished wood floors tend to suffer more from flood damage than traditional hardwood flooring.
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