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If you have ever had water damage on a hardwood floor, it is likely you were told by professionals that the only option was to rip up the entire floor and replace it. This has been the standard practice for water damage restoration companies, but it is no longer the only option. Many water damage restoration services are now equipped with advanced equipment that can indeed salvage hardwood flooring without having to go to the expense of completely replacing it.
If you experience a flood or other water damage in your home, make sure to ask about the new methods to dry out hardwood floors before you agree to allow a water damage restoration professional to rip up the floor. It may save you some money in the long run if you are able to find a water damage restoration company that has this new equipment to dry out your hardwood floor rather than just replacing.
It is important that you immediately call a professional out to look at the floor as soon as possible because your chances of saving your wooden floor through water damage restoration are determined by how quickly action is taken. Buckling will occur at some point, which just means the nails holding your wood down to the floor start to go through the floor beneath. This causes the wood on the top surface to buckle down and once this happens you may not have any option at that point but to completely pull it all up and start over.
What makes hardwood floors so much harder to dry out properly than other surfaces, is that moisture gets trapped between the bottom of the wood and the subfloor below, which means the bottom part of the floor doesn’t dry out as quickly as the top of the wood. This causes the bottom part to expand which in turn pushes the corners upward, causing it to buckle. Once this indeed starts to happen there usually will be no way to save your hardwood floor.
The new developments that many water damage restoration companies are now offering can suck up the water from underneath a hardwood floor before this buckling process starts to happen, allowing the wood to dry out evenly on top and bottom. This new technology has changed the water damage restoration procedures so that a wet wooden floor is no longer a guaranteed loss. Homeowner’s who often assume they have ruined their flooring are often very happy to hear that there are other alternatives.
The key to water damage restoration for hardwood flooring is that there is nothing you can do yourself to save your floor. You cannot remove the water trapped beneath the wood, so it is best to call a professional as soon as possible.
The problem is many homeowners are not aware that water can get trapped below the surface, so they dry the top part of the wood and think it is not a big deal until the wood starts to buckle and they see there is an obvious problem. At that point there is little a water damage restoration service can do other than rip it up and you will have to replace it.
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