Hardwood floors are very difficult to dry properly; when you have wet, damaged wood floors, you will want to call water damage restoration professionals in order to preserve your floors. At AWR Restoration & Cleaning, we have all the expertise and technology needed to effectively handle hardwood floor drying in Seattle. We are here to provide superior water damage restoration and preserve your hardwood floors. Wood flooring responds very negatively to moisture, so it’s vital to act quickly when you have warped, cupped, or discolored floors.
The Importance of Drying Soaked Hardwood
With flooring damage, you will have to be cognizant of potential mold growth, as well as 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 affected areas.
The acceptable level of moisture content for a wood floor is between 6 and 12 percent. When wood is flooded, it can take weeks or even months for the flooring to return to a safe moisture content. When your floor is over the safe moisture content level, mold can grow within as little as two to three days, as lingering wetness on a wood floor creates an ideal environment for mold.
Restoring a Hardwood Floor
Here are the steps AWR Restoration & Cleaning follows for customers who need hardwood floor drying in Seattle:
- First, it is important for us to determine if the floor can 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 cause the floor to not sit flush with the ground. A mostly or fully damaged floor may not successfully restored.
- Our next step is to remove the majority of the wetness. Any present bulk wetness needs to be addressed. Any moisture that you see on your floor’s 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, which is why it is so important for us to remove bulk water.
- 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 help dry air enter the flutes and create vapor pressure, which aids in moisture removal.
Moisture & 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 affected 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 even more severely damaged floors.
It also matters if the wood floor came prefinished, as pre-finished floors can soak up more water. Engineered wood tends to suffer less damage when exposed to water but since they cannot 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. With any type of wood flooring, moisture can be trapped underneath the floor, so it is important to test the moisture at the substrate level to verify whether or not this has happened.
For high-quality hardwood floor drying in Seattle, contact AWR Restoration & Cleaning at (206) 823-2252.