Water Damage In Glen Head
Cleaning Up Water Damage in Glen Head
Sometimes a pipe bursting in a nearby kitchen or bathroom can soak your wood flooring. Hardwood flooring can warp or buckle after water exposure. The longer the floor is wet, the more damage you may incur.
If you are experiencing warping or buckling of your flooring due to water damage in your Glen Head home, you most likely require professional assistance. Contacting SERVPRO right away may help mitigate secondary damage, such as further warping or mold growth in trapped pockets of moisture.
Removing excess water quickly is critical; the least amount of damage occurs when SERVPRO technicians remove water fast. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster. They pull excess water out of the floors by using an extractor and doing multiple passes over the area. Then, they dry the floors. Technicians consider the permeance of the flooring and the exposure time when creating a plan to dry the area effectively.
Wood naturally contains moisture, typically around 10%. Technicians use non-penetrating moisture meters to determine the moisture levels in the wood. They take readings in an unaffected area to make sure the moisture levels are consistent on all the flooring in the same area of the home. Moisture readings are from the wettest part of the floor to ensure that everything dries before moving forward.
Trained SERVPRO technicians use special drying techniques to dry the floors, mindful of vapor barriers such as finishes that may lock moisture in or out of the wood surface. Finishes impact both absorption and evaporation rates. Air movers and dehumidifiers are sometimes used in crawl spaces under the floors to dry from underneath while also used above the flooring, attacking the moisture from both areas.
Floors should be within 4% of their regular moisture content to be dry. If overdried, crowning may occur, the wood arches and creates a bow shape, becoming very difficult to sand out. There may be some cupping, meaning that the sides of the wood warp up in a cup shape. This often indicates that water absorbed from the bottom and sides of the wood. After the wood is dry, technicians may sand and possibly refinish the floor to bring the wood back to the preloss condition.
SERVPRO of Glen Cove / Jericho is available 24/7 at (516) 671-1919 to help you restore your wood flooring. We make it, “Like it never even happened.”
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