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Water Damage & Hardwood Floors

1/12/2021 (Permalink)

Most people assume that hardwood floors are ruined the instant a water damage occurs. That is not always the case. Time is the biggest factor here, but other issues have to be considered as well. Water has to be removed as soon as possible from both the surface of the floor and below the hardwood planks.

SERVPRO of Anniston, Gadsden and Marshall County has the equipment to accomplish this. Our trained and professional crews use a variety of equipment to achieve a dry environment after a water damage. Air movers, dehumidifiers, a mat drying system, and even extraction equipment could be used.

Extraction equipment could be a single roving unit or a mounted (usually to a van or truck) unit. These powerful machines use suction to extract water from the surface of the floor. 

Air mover and dehumidifiers are the most commonly seen items. These pieces of equipment work in tandem to dry the structure. We have multiple styles of air movers and several sizes of dehumidifiers.

One of my favorite pieces of equipment used on hardwood floors is the mat drying system. These large mats are secured to the floor with blue painters tape. Hoses are connected to them the allows for air movement under the floor boards. It has the ability to salvage wet hardwood floors, but again time is the most critical factor here. Once the floor begins to cup and buckle saving the floor becomes hard (sometimes impossible). 

For more information, or if you have a water damage call our office. Our trained professionals are always #HereToHelp.

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