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How Do Professionals Approach Water Removal from Lynn Hardwood Floors?

9/1/2021 (Permalink)

planks cupping from water damage SERVPRO strives to restore water damaged hardwood flooring to the delight of our Lynn customers

SERVPRO’s advanced moisture detection and extraction emergency services solve water damaged flooring challenges in Lynn

Water removal after Lynn homes suffer ceiling leaks or burst pipes is rarely straightforward. Homeowners quickly discover that fluids seep into cracks and crevices, disappearing from view while still causing progressive damage to building materials. The trapped water requires extraction and thorough drying to avoid deterioration of load-bearing surfaces and the potential of secondary mold growth and damage.

How Do Wet Subfloors Harm Lynn Hardwood?

Porous materials like plywood subflooring absorb excess water trickling down from the surface. Like a soggy sponge, the unfinished wood in the substrate continuously saturates the visible hardwood layer from the bottom or sides. Appropriate water removal in Lynn and judicious drying prevent the strips or plank hardwood floors from damage such as:

The edges of each piece of hardwood slightly raise or “cup” when the water wicks into the unfinished bottom and sides and the wood swells.

  • Crowning

If the top of the hardwood absorbs more water than the sides or bottom, the planks or strips arch up in the middle. Crowning links to overdrying of  the bottom of the stips or planks.

Note: Cupping frequently resolves with professional drying. Sanding can restore extreme cases. Crowning is usually permanent. Sections of hardwood might need replacement.

Why Do SERVPRO Technicians Trace Moisture Migration When Repairing Water Damaged Hardwood Floors?

Sensitive moisture detection and metering devices help SERVPRO workers trace the perimeters and severity of water incursions under hardwood floors. After locating pooled water and measuring moisture levels, our crews remove water and dry out damp materials before severe damage using strategies like:

  • Negative pressure technology, suctioning trapped water through sealed floor mats attached to extractors via hoses
  • Controlled demolition where technicians lift or remove some hardwood strips or planks to permit the direction of warm, dry airflow between the flooring layers

Innovations in trapped water extraction permit SERVPRO of Lynn / Lynnfield to restore the function and appearance of hardwood floors damaged by leaking roofs after storms or pipe ruptures. For the best outcomes, call (781) 242-5430 immediately after noticing the damage for rapid water removal.

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