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Why SERVPRO Is the Answer to Water Damaged Hardwood Floors in West Palm Beach

7/14/2019 (Permalink)

You will understand why, when you call SERVPRO for your water damage.

No matter how your water damage happened, we will help.

Flooring takes a beating when water intrudes into your West Palm Beach home. It provides a highway for the water spreading from a broken pipe, an overflowing tub or sink, a malfunctioning appliance, or another type of water loss. Your first inclination is often to throw down a few towels and “finish” the job with a mop or shop vac. Your efforts, although valiant, are unfortunately likely to be inadequate. Avoid a nasty surprise down the road by asking us to evaluate the situation soon after the water emergency.

When water damages West Palm Beach floors, the materials used to construct this essential housing fixture must guide appropriate responses. Hardwood floors are beautiful and somewhat able to shed water on the surface. Their ability, particularly when finished with water-resistant substances, to appear untouched after a quick mopping up can distract from damage happening below your feet.

Our SERVPRO crews have answered the call to rescue damage hardwood floors days or weeks after the initial water loss. Over time the water you do not see after wiping off the spill or flooding causes damage to the subfloor materials and the underside of the hardwood planks. Water percolates between the joints and at the baseboard. Failing to account for this means the moisture persists, saturating the planks from the bottom. 

Terms like “cupping” and “crowning” now become part of the discussion. When hardwood absorbs water from below it swells, each length confined by the boards adjacent and constrained by a waterproof topcoat. The planks deform, either pushing up at the center (crowning) or at each long edge (cupping). In severe cases, the floor “buckles,” the planks pulling up and away from the substrate. Sometimes the wavy floor can be repaired by sanding. Other times it must be replaced.

Either way, SERVPRO technicians must remove the moisture from all layers of flooring fast. Employing negative air pressure by attaching floor mats to the surface and connecting them by hoses to powerful extractors is a preferred method. It pulls water from several layers, reducing the moisture content to normal levels as determined by metering quickly. 

Avoid the heartbreak of ruined hardwood by consulting with SERVPRO of Lake Worth immediately after water spreads across your floors. No job at your home  is too big or too small, and we look forward to helping after your call at (561) 588-9777.

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