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Can Water Intrusion Ruin Hardwood Floors in My Lafayette Home?

6/29/2021 (Permalink)

How to Save Your Hardwood Floors From Water Damage in Your Lafayette Home

Water and wood do not mix. Wood flooring is susceptible to moisture damage when there is a water loss in the home. Depending on the water source, any number of contaminants can erode the finish and potentially harm the wood. Therefore, to save hardwood that has been damaged by water, swift response time is critical.

Why are wood floors so quickly destroyed when a house floods?

When a property is flooded, the flooring is often the first to be damaged. The moisture that collects because the pooling is quickly absorbed by wood and carpet. When water lies on top of hardwood floors, the wood absorbs the water via its pores, producing warping and discoloration, which can be irreversible. A water damage restoration company in Lafayette is required to avoid significant damage. SERVPRO knows the value of speedy response times, which is why we react to callouts as quickly as possible.

What should I do when my hardwood floors are water damaged?

Call SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda right away. Water or flood damage to your wood flooring an unexpected event that may be intimidating, distressing, and costly. Water damage causes immediate harm to the construction materials used to construct your home. If  not addressed quickly, the damage can be irreparable. SERVPRO offers emergency water damage drying and restoration services to prevent further damage to your beautiful wood flooring. With our wood floor drying technology, we can often save your hardwood floors after they have been damaged by water. It is critical to recognize the various sources of water and moisture damage to hardwood floors. Here are the top 5 types of hardwood floor moisture issues:

  1. Cupping: When moisture builds up in the hardwood, it expands on the sides and edges, causing the flooring to be uneven. As a result, the sides protrude and are not parallel to the wood's core. 
  2. Crowning: Due to moisture build-up, the wood boards are pressed together in the case of crowning. Depending on the quantity of moisture present, the form of physical damage could result in wooden planks sticking out of the wood, which can cause shrinking permanently. The sooner you find the source of the problem and dry up the floors, the less likely you are to have to replace the hardwood floors.
  3. Buckling: Buckling is an uncommon occurrence in which individual hardwood pieces detach from the subfloor and protrude. Extreme water damage, such as that caused by severe floods, is the most common cause of buckling. Because buckling is one of the most serious forms of physical damage, replacing the hardwood floors is your best bet for the future. 

What is the Water Damage Drying Process for Wooden Floors?

When SERVPRO's professional IICRC Certified project manager arrives at your house, they will analyze the water damage and devise a plan to save your hardwood flooring. The following are some of the assessments we conduct:

  • Identify the cause or source of your property's damage.
  • Using thermal imaging equipment to determine the course of the water through the property.
  • Identifying the areas of the property that have been impacted by water damage, such as ceilings, walls, floors, fixtures, mechanical damage, and so on.
  • Establish a strategy, such as how SERVPRO will dry your property and what specialist equipment (such as wood floor drying mats) will be used.

Why choose SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda?

After a fire, smoke, or water damage disaster, SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda specializes in cleaning and restoring of residential and commercial property. We are an IICRC-certified company with highly trained staff in property damage restoration. We believe in continual training at SERVPRO's corporate training facility to maintain regular IICRC-industry certifications, so you can rest certain that our team is up to date.

Got Water Damage? Call Us Today at (925) 299-1323.

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