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Water Damage Restoration For Your Boulder Hardwood Floors

4/13/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Restoration For Your Boulder Hardwood Floors Our SERVPRO technicians have a vast amount of experience in restoring hardwood floors back to preloss condition!

SERVPRO Explains Hardwood Floor Water Restoration Process in Boulder Homes

Whether they are an original treasure in a historic Boulder home or a recent installation after remodeling or new construction, hardwood floors are much desired and appreciated. Water incursions from spills, blown in rain, appliance malfunctions, and a host of other disasters can damage wooden floors and subflooring. Our experienced and highly-trained technicians can help.

Hardwood floors can stand a minor exchange with moisture, especially if sealed and maintained. Water damage in Boulder hardwood floors only becomes an issue when the fibers of the wood saturate with water over a period of time. Cellulose fibers comprise the bulk of any hardwood flooring planks. This natural material absorbs excess water and swells. The swelling causes each plank to change shape and pull up and away or crowd others nearby. If caught early much of this damage can be avoided. Proper drying techniques as employed by our structural drying crews can minimize the harm.

SERVPRO crew leads to assess the harm done when a hardwood floor suffers longer periods of exposure to water. As the water on top seeps through the joints in the floor, it puddles below the planks. Sometimes the substrate moisture causes the swelling wood to push against neighboring planks, “cupping” a lower center to each board as the edges squeeze against each other. Other times the planks can “crown,” again squeezing tightly against each other but raising the center. When wood “buckles,” it is so deformed that it pulls away completely from the subfloor.

Many of these issues respond well to restoration practices, but the crucial first step is to lower the moisture content of the hardwood. SERVPRO crews have a range of equipment and methods to extract standing water and water trapped beneath the hardwood planks. Water extractors are professional wet vacuums that pull the water out. A hands-off option involves the use of drying mats that position on top of the hardwood and use air movers to force water to evaporate from the planks.

Another strategy is to drill holes through sealed hardwood to facilitate the release of water. Sometimes SERVPRO crews lift planks and direct the flow from air movers underneath. Throughout all of these methodologies, the crews measure moisture levels and maintain a recommended balance of heat, air movement, and reduced humidity with dehumidifiers to lower the moisture content of the hardwood so that it can be sanded and refinished.

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SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville is ready to help if your wood floors took a beating from water damage. Call us at (303) 604-6607 to schedule an assessment.

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