What to Do After Storm Damage Hits Your Home?
SERVPRO can give your Westerly home's hardwood flooring the attention it needs to avoid loss from floodwater damage
Flooding happens unexpectedly, fast, and most often, the flooring gets the brunt of it. The key to any water spill in a home is removing the water as quickly as possible, which may involve actions such as mopping, blotting. If there is any inkling water seeped under the floorboards or behind baseboards, you need professional assistance to extract the water and dry the boards.
What Does Water Damage Do to Engineered Hardwood Flooring?
Several factors affect the outcome of water damage in your homes to engineered hardwood boards. First, the construction of this type of flooring differs from a conventional hardwood floorboard and tends to with water loss better. Second, the length of the exposure the boards had with the water.
If your engineered boards meet the following criteria, there is the potential for restoration through rapid action for extraction and drying:
- Your floorboards have hardwood or plywood materials
- The top layer veneer is not thin
- The sealant on each board is intact
- Your floorboards do not have fiberboard centers
Necessary Actions to Save Different Types of Wood Flooring from Water Loss
Hardwood floorboards are absorbent, and, to some extent that assists in saving the boards in a water loss event even though they may cup and buckle; most boards return to their original shape with little to no sanding necessary. However, the longer the high moisture conditions exist, the less chance of full restoration as the sealant and top veneer layer can only hold up so long against water. Avoid contact with the water, mainly if it is groundwater, and put down towels or rags as needed. Additionally, if it is safe to do so, move furnishings and small items out of any room experiencing flooding as a precautionary measure. If the water has a foul odor or has known chemicals in it, avoid all contact and await the arrival of the SERVPRO technicians.
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