Hardwood Floor Drying Seattle

Hardwood Floor Drying

Flood Water Damage Restoration Seattle by Advanced Water Restoration Hard wood floors are very difficult to dry properly; when you have wet, damaged wood floors you will want to call professionals to get the best possible preservation. Advanced Water Restoration  has all the specific expertise and technology to apply state-of-the-art drying systems for hardwood floor drying in Seattle. We are here to provide superior assistance in helping to save your wet flooring. Wood flooring responds very negatively to moisture so it’s vital to act quickly when you have warped, cupped or discolored water damaged flooring.

The Importance of Drying Soaked Hardwoods

With flooring damage you will have to be cognizant of the possible growth of mold and also structural damage.  We will work very hard to help you avoid both of those potential problems. In this process it is important to eradicate the extra moisture from the effective areas.

The acceptable level of moisture content for a wood floor is between 6%- 12%. When wood is flooded it can take weeks or months for the flooring to return to a safe moisture content. When your floor is over the safe MC level mold can grow within as little as 2-3 days.  Lingering wetness on a wood floor creates an ideal environment for mold.

Hardwood Floor Drying Seattle

Restoring a Hardwood Floor

Here are the steps Advanced Water Restoration follows for customers who need hardwood floor drying in Seattle:

1. First it is important for us to analyze if the floor has the potential to be saved.  Solid hardwood that is not fully buckled may be able to be restored. In floors with extreme damage the nails that secure the floor may be loose which may lead to the floor not sitting flush to the ground.  A long or fully damaged floor may not successfully restored.

2. Our next step is to remove the majority of the wetness. Any bulk wetness that is found needs to be addressed.  Any moisture that you see on the top of the surface will be dried completely. It is also vital to remove water from flutes on the underside of the flooring, as damaging moisture can be absorbed from underneath the floor. Over time your floors will continue to soak up any water that is left, that is why it is so important for us to remove bulk water.

3. The third phase is to set up our state-of-the-art restoration vacuum panels.  Restoration panels are temporarily installed over the wet hardwood flooring to promote dry air to enter the flutes and create the vapor pressure that can aid in moisture removal. This kind of equipment is part of the reason you must call on a trained professional.

Moisture and Wood Floors

Wood floors can react to moisture in many different ways but no wood floors can tolerate continued exposure to high levels of moisture.  Solid plank hardwood floors have the most potential to be saved because there no other materials that are also effected by the moisture.  A solid wood floor, when dry, can be refinished, which can help with restoring the floors to their original state. So if the moisture can be quickly dried and the flooring system restored, refinishing may work for the more severely damaged floors. It also matters if the wood floor came prefinished.  Pre-finished floors can soak up more water.

Engineered wood tends to damage less when exposed to water but since it can not be refinished damage often shows.  Laminate floors have a low tolerance for moisture but when you notice damage you can spot repair laminate with spare material. For any type of wood flooring moisture can be trapped underneath the floor, so   to verify if this is the case it is important to test the moisture at the substrate level.


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