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How to Dry Hardwood Floors in Cobb County GA

7/26/2019 (Permalink)

Injectidry System drying out home owners breakfast nook after a water loss.

Hardwood floors have become one of the most popular types of flooring around. They can be very beautiful and can bring warmth and comfort to your home, while allowing you to put your own personal touch on your space with the wide variety of types, colors, and finishes available today. Hardwood floors have also become surprisingly affordable when compared to historical prices of comparable flooring, due to advances in composite and engineered materials as well as eco-friendly flooring options.

One downside of hardwood floors can be durability because of the upkeep associated with them and the fact that they are especially susceptible to water damage. What happens if your beautiful hardwood floors suffer water damage? The sink was left on by accident and overflowed. Who should you call? The ice maker leaked and caused warping or bowing behind the refrigerator. Could this cause mold? Can you handle the mess yourself? What is the replacement cost? Could this affect my home’s value?

SERVPRO of Marietta West it here to save the day!

Just give us a call and our dispatch will have a team of SERVPRO professionals on the way in no time! SERVPRO of Marietta West prides ourselves on our response time, because we know when it comes to water damage minutes can count, and when it comes to saving your precious belongings and family heirlooms there’s no better company you can trust then SERVPRO of Marietta West!

What actually happens when hardwood floors are damaged by water?

When your hardwood floors suffer water damage there are several types of damage that can occur. Cupping, buckling, staining, and damage to the finish of hardwood flooring are all common type of damage that can occur due to water damage. Most of these issues are moisture related and happened due swelling and or bowing of the sides of each individual board. With the quick action, proper equipment, and a little luck even the worst damaged floors can be resorted to preloss condition. The following tips are some general guidelines for drying hardwood floors:

  • If there are any wet or moist items like rugs, couches, or chairs on the affected hardwood floors, it would be best to remove them and place them in a safe place to dry (possibly outside or in a non-effected room).
  • Soak up as much of the water as you can using traditional methods like mopping, wet vacuuming, and towels. Even once you have removed all of the visible water you may continue to use the wet vacuum to suck water from deep in the grains and pores of the wood but be careful not do any additional damage to the finish along the way.
  • Clean the hardwood floors of any dirt or debris by gently wiping with cleaning cloths using a professional cleaning product like Sporicidin Antimicrobial Disinfectant or Benefect Botanical Disinfectant. Any dirt or debris left on the surface will retain moisture and create drying issues.
  • Utilize fans and dehumidifiers to pull moisture from the floors. Inspect the flooring once it is visibly dry for signs of mold or fungi growth. You can use a moisture testing meter to confirm that the excess moisture has been removed.

SERVPRO of Marietta West’s staff is well trained, punctual, and always have our customers best interest at heart. We understand that water damaged flooring can be a time sensitive situation and are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. We also offer professional residential cleaning, commercial cleaning, storm damage cleanup, and many other disaster related restoration services. Please don’t hesitate to contact us today. SERVPRO of Marietta West is fastest to any sized disaster and can get the job done right the first time. 

If your floors do need to be replaced, don’t sweat it. SERVPRO of Marietta West has you covered. Check out our Building and Reconstruction Services and let us make it “Like it never even happened."

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