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Hardwood Floor Water Cleanup Strategies for Your Johnson Residence

7/7/2019 (Permalink)

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Many Johnson homeowners prefer hardwood floors, enjoying the warm look and traditional styling. When water spreads over wooden floors, quick actions to mop or absorb moisture with towels are reasonable first steps until the professionals arrive. Hesitation is the enemy of a wet floor. Every moment that water sits on the surface or trickles into the joints between planks increases the likelihood that the wood or subfloor begins to absorb moisture and swell.

Water cleanup from your Johnson residence’s hardwood floors completes most successfully when performed by our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Reconstruction Certification (IICRC)-trained technicians. Our crews understand how the multi-level system of most hardwood floors impacts the migration of water spills or floods. A finished hardwood floor can look dry after mopping or wanded extraction while in reality, significant quantities of water percolate between and beneath the planks. 

Tearing up a floor to get access to the excess water is incredibly disruptive and costly. SERVPRO instead recommends less invasive strategies that manage to pull water from the subflooring as well as under and to the sides of each hardwood plank. If we can install air movers and dehumidifiers to create an evaporative process both across the top and below the affected floor, reduction in moisture levels results. Air movers aimed upwards in an unfinished basement can help dry the main level floor. 

 Removing sections of hardwood planks or loosening and propping them at one end to encourage warm airflow above and below can help reduce moisture. SERVPRO also employs a more efficient negative pressure floor mat system to suction water into truck-mounted extraction equipment. We take multiple moisture measurements over different areas of the floor and also complete thermal scanning if we suspect the presence of a larger pocket of hidden water. Floor mats are then sealed across expanses with high moisture content and connected with hoses to an extractor or air mover. Water cleanup proceeds as we reposition the mats when indicated. Moisture levels are updated and guide the progress of the project. 

SERVPRO of Fayetteville / Springdale uses the water cleanup industry’s best practices and innovative equipment to return your damaged home to preloss condition. Call (479) 419-5544 to arrange an assessment before damage to your hardwood floors becomes permanent.

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