Restoring Hard Wood Floors After Water Damage
Hardwood floors can be a great choice when choosing flooring for your home. They look great and, in most cases, are very easy to clean and maintain. One major drawback of having hardwood floors is how it reacts to extreme water damage. If a large amount of water is present on a hardwood floor for an extended period it will be significantly damaged or even ruined.
Almost all the equipment used today for water damage is for the extraction of water from carpets and soft materials. Rarely lending itself to the extraction of water damage from hardwood floors. If water is left too long on these surfaces it settles in crevices and natural grooves of the wood. This will lead to mold growth, and morphing, splitting, and cupping of the wood will occur.
To restore and save your homes hardwood flooring it is strongly encouraged to begin with the dehumidifying process as soon as you can. Dehumidifying will certainly reach those deep crevices. If water remains after this, it may be necessary to pull certain areas of the wood out and replace completely.
Another option is the Injectidry System, which is a method we at SERVPRO® of West Erie County use to properly dry hardwood floors. This Injectidry floor mat system is used to dry high risk areas of hidden moisture in and under flooring. It is mostly used for hardwood flooring but can also be used for marble, tile and sub-flooring and cabinetry. When it is all said and done, this method can save the customer a lot of money in replacing their entire hardwood flooring.
If you experience water damage to your hardwood flooring please give us a call at 814-806-1987 for more info; we are HERE TO HELP®