Water Damage - Hardwood Floor Drying
11315 Sunrise Gold Circle
Rancho Cordova, CA 95742
Water Damage - Hardwood Floor Drying
"As in all water related incidents, time is
crucial. The longer the moisture remains left untreated,
the greater the potential for permanent damage."
In today's homes, finished flooring materials are becoming
more popular than carpet. The success of the restoration
process, as a result of water damage, may be dependent
upon the following circumstances: response time, flooring
type, replacement value, type of wood, type of finish,
method of installation, amount of moisture, and the
degree of damage already evident. A restoration professional
will be able to properly evaluate the floor and implement
a plan that will help to insure its salvageability with
use of state-of-the-art
As in all water related incidents, time is crucial.
The longer the moisture remains left untreated, the
greater the potential for permanent damage. Hardwood
flooring will absorb moisture more slowly due to the
porosity of the product. A restoration specialist will
be ready to respond at any time of the day or night
to the emergency. Inspection is always crucial when
evaluating a hardwood floor for drying. Hardwood flooring
comes in a variety of species. Oak, pine, maple, and
cherry are just a few. More and more exotic species
are being utilized in flooring. Every variety poses
different challenges in the drying process due to the
different levels of moisture absorption. There are also
varieties of flooring that look like wood but are not.
These floors will sometimes be manufactured with a laminate
on the surface and a substructure consisting of particle
board. When moisture seeps beneath these floors, drying
is effectively impossible due to the inability to remove
the moisture from beneath them as a result of the laminate
surface acting as a vapor barrier. A restoration professional
will be able to properly evaluate the floor for drying
The initial installation method of the hardwood flooring
must also be assessed. Original installation may have
been nailed, glued, or it may have been installed in
a floating method. Nailed floors may cause the lifting
of the nails from the substrate if enough cupping and
distortion occurs as a result of water absorption. The
moisture may allow for the release of the glue if the
floor has been glued onto the substrate. If the floor
is of a floating type, it may not be true wood and may
be a laminated product. A qualified restoration professional
will be aware of these differences in installation.
Tongue and groove hardwood flooring may "cup"
when moisture has been absorbed. With the use of surface
and/or subsurface drying methods and proper dehumidification,
airflow can be forced beneath the surface of the floor
(either in a positive or negative manner) to allow for
the removal of this moisture. It may also be necessary
to access the floor from below to allow for faster drying.
Effective drying of a hardwood floor is a slow process.
It will sometimes take 7 to 10 days to allow the floor
to release enough water to halt the forced drying process.
A restoration specialist will know that to remove all
the absorbed water from the floor will result in excessive
costs and must allow nature to assist in the process.
A professional restoration specialist will continue
to dry the hardwood flooring until the moisture content
is reduced to within 4% of the dry standard of the floor.
At this point in time, nature will remove the remaining
water, although slowly. This time frame may be anywhere
from three to six months. Education in this process
is paramount for a successful job to be performed, and
the restoration professional will be able to educate
the homeowner and all involved parties in this process.
After the drying of the hardwood has been completed,
damage to the finish of the floor may be evident. Finishes
such as waxes and polyurethane may inhibit the evaporation
of the absorbed moisture. They will sometimes have to
be removed in the drying process to allow for moisture
removal. If the hardwood floor cups slightly, the finish
may check and crack due to the movement of the wood
product. This is a normal part of the drying process
and should be expected. A qualified restoration specialist
knows that the true value in the floor is in the wood
product. After complete drying has been accomplished,
the floor can be re-finished.
Hardwood floor drying is a specialty. PuroClean Home
Rescue restoration professionals have the necessary
knowledge to properly evaluate the various types of
floors and also have the required specialty equipment
to enable the salvageability of the hardwood floors.
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