Your Best Guide to Water Removal in Lafayette
Why Fast Water Removal Lessens Loss for Lafayette Hardwood Floors
Most homeowners consider their hardwood flooring a substantial investment in the aesthetic of their home. When water damage happens, they know the basics for handling spills and daily maintenance, but broader issues may seem overwhelming. If the dishwater malfunctions in a kitchen or a supply line break is gushing water in a living room with hardwood floors, the cleanup and drying need to happen quickly to limit loss.
When SERVPRO technicians arrive at a Lafayette home for water removal, the technicians determine three factors quickly:
- Permeance-how easily moisture passes through the wood flooring.
- Exposure time-how long, the flooring received exposure to water.
- Type of wood-different types of flooring needs various restoration methods. Composite wood flooring generally has a poor outcome for prolonged exposure to water vapor.
Hardwood flooring requires both specialized extraction equipment and drying techniques for the best outcome. The technicians do several passes over the boards to pull up as much water as possible before moving on to the drying phase. Drying for hardwood floors usually includes the use of drying mats. These thick mats directly force warm, dry air into the boards, pushing water vapor out and leave the floor ready for refinishing if needed.
Signs of Water Damage to Wood Flooring
Simply put: wood expands when exposed to water. The longer it is exposed, the more it buckles or warps. The technicians carefully monitor the drying process, as over drying on the bottom tends to cause the wood to crown. The outcome is unmistakable with boards that bow upwards, and this is an issue that cannot be sanded down after drying.
Another common problem is hardwood flooring that is held together with water-soluble glues tends to not hold up against prolonged exposure to water. SERVPRO technicians handle hardwood flooring very carefully during the restoration process to avoid problems such as crowning.
When your hardwood floor needs water removal for any type of water loss, call SERVPRO of Lafayette at (765) 420-0077. The certified technicians have both the experience and equipment for the best outcome to your floor, "Like it never even happened."
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