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Hardwood Flooring Water Damage

Jan 4

Hardwood Floors or Tile? No Problem!

Hardwood and tile floors require special attention from restorative drying companies. Many people believe that replacement is the only option when their hardwood floor is effected in a water loss. However, this is not always the case. If ATEX Water Damage Restoration is called into action on a water loss before the floors have begun to buckle (buckling occurs when the nails begin to pull through the floor) in most cases we are able to save the floor. Atex Water Damage Restoration can formulate a plan to put our  system to work for you. This top rated equipment, when paired with our hardwood floor drying panels, have saved many homeowners and insurance companies thousands of dollars in replacement costs.

Quick Response

When dealing with any water damage loss, a fast response time is a critical factor in mitigating the loss, and it is especially important in the case of hardwood floors. The longer they are wet, the greater the chance that buckling will occur. So the next time you’re dealing with a wet hardwood floor, don’t just count it as a loss, count on ATEX Water Damage Restoration
 to get it dried in a hurry!

The Difference Between Cupping and Crowning.

When water is left on a wood floor, or if excessive moisture rises from below the subfloor, it becomes trapped between the wood floor and the subfloor.

A Cupped Hardwood Floor

Cupping (above) occurs when the top of the wood dries faster than the bottom of the wood or when the moisture is absorbed by the underside and causes it to expand, raising the edges.
A Cupped Hardwood Floor that has been sanded flat
The biggest mistake that can be made is to sand the floor flat while it is still retaining moisture. This leaves the wood with thinner edges than the center.

A Crowned Hardwood Floor

After the floor dries completely the edges shrink and flatten back into position, but now since the top of the edges have been sanded, the center of each strip is higher the the edges. This is called a crowned floor.

 HomeOwner Hint

If you have hardwood or tile floors that are involved in a water damage loss be sure to ask your insurance company and your restoration company how they are going to be handled. If you are told that they will need to be replaced, ask "Why don't you simply dry them?" This industry has been raised on a system of ripping out and replacing (dumpster feeding), but those days are over, there is a possibility that it can be dried in place! After most hardwood floors are dried and settle back to pre-loss condition, they are restored and don't even need to be refinished!