Buckling Under Pressure: Restoring Your Flooded Garden District’s Wooden Flooring
Reducing Flood Damage to Garden District Homes
As we have all recently seen, a powerful storm can drop a tremendous amount of water onto a Garden District home within minutes. The resulting floods can send hundreds of gallons through that same home.
One of the things that Garden District home flood damage can destroy is the wood flooring. Fortunately, SERVPRO restoration teams have the resources and training needed to either repair or replace floorboards damaged with buckling, cupping, or warping. These effects result when water remains on top of flooring for too long.
Much of the damage is repairable as long as our technicians can start work immediately after removing the floodwater. Before they can begin repairs, our teams must make sure the moisture content in the wood supports the work. If it is too high, we have to reduce the level or any effort to repair the floor can instead cause more damage.
They start with lowering the home’s humidity level to under 45 percent. Technicians use dehumidifiers to draw out water from the air and air movers to carefully force warm, dry air under and over the floors. Once they can reduce it to under 20 percent, the chance of a mold infestation stops as well. Once it reaches 16 percent, team members set-up commercial heaters to increase the evaporation rate of the affected wood. When they can test it out at 12 percent, repair work can start.
SERVPRO teams can eliminate or reduce the effects of cupping and warping by sanding down the bulges or twisted parts of each floorboard. Specialists then refinish the affected sections so that they have a smooth look identical to the unaffected sections. Buckling is more severe than cupping or warping, but it can be sanded down in some cases. Usually, though, technicians have to remove the entire board or cut out the affected section.
Varnishes and other floor finishes often form a vapor barrier which slows and can even prevent evaporation though. To cut through them without damaging the wood underneath, technicians use a pin roller in corners and on areas covered by furniture or rugs.
Repairing and restoring wood floors is a lengthy and sometimes costly method. At SERVPRO of Montgomery South, we carefully work through each step and explain it to every customer. If you need our services, call us today at (334) 284-1612 to get started.
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