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Pleasant Hill's Commercial Water Removal Technicians Discuss Hardwood Floors

5/9/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial  Pleasant Hill's Commercial Water Removal Technicians Discuss Hardwood Floors If an appliance or pipe causes water damage in your store, SERVPRO can restore the damage and work to keep your doors open.

SERVPRO Can Save Your Hardwood Floors and Keep Your Business Open after Water Damage

If a pipe or appliance malfunctions and water floods into your Pleasant Hill appliance store, excessive moisture can damage many items. Many appliance showroom floors have hardwood flooring in place. Since water flows with gravity, flooring materials are common items that get ruined during an issue involving water.

Whenever dealing with a business, measures should be taken to ensure that your company does not suffer due to restoration work. In many cases, during water removal in Pleasant Hill, our SERVPRO technicians change the way they complete work to keep the loss of revenue to your company at a minimum. We complete extra tasks to ensure that your store stays operating and that your products do not receive damage.

Hardwood floors do have a natural ability to withstand moisture better than softwoods. The nature of hardwoods enhances their ability to be restored when water damage occurs. Wood naturally buckles, cups, and warps, but the density of hardwoods can help them repel these effects.

When attempting to dry hardwood floors, we focus on preventing cupping, buckling, and warping from becoming permanent. We can use specialized drying equipment that puts air through a mat. The mat then evenly distributes the air into the flooring material, speeding up the evaporation process.

If drying takes place and the floors still show signs of warping or cupping, then restoration work on the floor occurs. Hardwood floors can be restored by sanding off the floor's finish, then sanding down further so that cupping and warping get removed. Sanding can only begin once the moisture level inside the material has dropped to 12%. If the floor gets sanded before moisture levels are low enough, then cupping and warping can occur as the remainder of the moisture dries after sanding took place. In some cases, hardwood floors take a month or two to acclimate after getting wet and warping.

If sanding and refinishing has to occur on your store's hardwood floor, it often gets done a small section at a time so your shop can stay open. When sanding occurs, we mask off areas and build containment chambers so that the rest of your appliance store does not get coated with dust. If you ever need help with wet hardwood floors in your business, call SERVPRO of North Lilburn at (770) 709-3266 24/7.

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