When wood floors are exposed to moisture, it can lead to structural damage and mold growth. You will want to work with professionals that have specific water damage training, as well as the proper equipment, to get your floors dried. The quicker you can get your floors dried, the less time there is for the moisture to cause extensive damage.
AWR Restoration & Cleaning has been working to provide affordable, quality hardwood floor drying and general water damage restoration services for home and business owners throughout the Kirkland area. If you have a flooding or moisture problem on or in your hardwood flooring, call us right away.
Importance of Drying Water-Damaged Wood Flooring
When hardwood flooring is damaged by water, you are going to deal with the effects of structural damage and mold. The quicker our Kirkland hardwood floor drying professionals can get the floor dry, the more likely you will be able to avoid some adverse effects caused by the moisture, such as warping or “cupping.”
When your floors get wet and the moisture content rises, you are working against the clock. A higher moisture content creates an ideal environment for mold. When the floors are left to dry on their own, the drying can take weeks or even months, whereas it only takes two to three days for mold to grow in that environment. Call on AWR Restoration & Cleaning immediately to avoid mold issues.
Restoring a Hardwood Floor
Here’s an idea of how we will handle a typical Kirkland hardwood floor drying service:
- First, our trained professionals will need to perform an inspection of the damage. Sometimes, wood floors are not able to be restored. The greater the damage, the less likely the floor can be recovered. Floors that have cupped but not fully buckled may be salvageable. We will determine if your water damaged floor can be restored. Also, we will check the nails and the subfloor to see the extent of the damage to those areas.
- After your floors have been examined, the bulk moisture will need to be removed. The wetness at the surface and under the flooring will need to be dried as soon as possible because the wood continuously absorbs water, which causes further damage.
- Next, we set up our restoration vacuum panels. These increase the dry air flow and help your floor dry quickly.
Types of Floors That Typically Can Be Saved
Moisture can cause your wood floor to react in a variety of ways. No wood floor can withstand extreme, prolonged exposure to moisture, but wood floors react in diverse ways to minor water damage.
Solid wood floors have the highest potential to be saved because the floor is not mixed with other materials and can be sanded and refinished. This also depends on how hard the wood is. Oak flooring can be restored easier than parquet flooring because harder materials have a slower absorption rate.
Pre-finished wood flooring may be damaged at a quicker rate than on-site finished flooring. Engineered wood can deflect water but, once damaged, they cannot be refinished. Laminate flooring has a low tolerance for water damage but can be spot-replaced to fix the problem if necessary.
When drying the floors, it is also important for us to check for water at the substrate level. Damage to under-flooring can still be a supportive environment for mold and structural damage.
Need hardwood floor drying in Kirkland? Give AWR Restoration & Cleaning a call at (206) 823-2252 to schedule a complimentary, on-site consultation today.