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How to Dry Water Damaged Flooring in Orlando

6/27/2019 (Permalink)

If water is not quickly removed from hardwood floors, warping and buckling can occur.

Water Damage to Floors and Carpets in Orlando Needs Professional Attention 

A gleaming hardwood floor or expanse of beautifully soft carpeting is the first impression family and guests have when walking into your Orlando home. If a water loss spreads across the oak, cherry, or exotic wood or saturates the carpet and padding a bucket and mop or household fan is inadequate to resolve the problem. Engaging a reliable full-service remediation company to help with recovery is the approach that delivers the most successful results. 

Water damage in Orlando stems from many causes. Plumbing leaks and appliance breakdowns are by far the most common. Fortunately, supply line breaches are usually a Category 1 water emergency, meaning that fast action can save structural components and fixtures like carpets in many cases. The water is relatively free of contaminants, and if removed within 24 to 48 hours mold growth potential minimizes. 

The SERVPRO team arrives as soon as possible after your call, and an assessment and project planning complete quickly. Using equipment stocked on our service vehicles, our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Reconstruction Certification (IICRC)-trained technicians implement the plan immediately. 

When hardwood floors receive water damage, we use pumps and extractors to remove visible water. Then we set up negative air pressure systems by sealing mats to the floor and hoses connected to powerful extraction machinery to suction water from between the planks and subfloor. Our technicians use state-of-the-art moisture metering and thermal imaging equipment to ensure no pockets of liquid water lie trapped beneath as we work across the surface of the floor. Hardwood floors can appear dry yet wick up moisture from saturated substrate. Development of cupping or crowning if moisture persists distorts the smoothness of the surface and signals continuing water deterioration. 

Carpeting needs special attention. SERVPRO experts inspect the extent of the water damage and use wanded extractors to mitigate or limit the migration of moisture to unaffected areas of the floor covering. Once we contain the spreading moisture, weighted wands allow us to dry many carpets in place. Removal of the padding might be a recommendation as it is inexpensive to replace yet holds large quantities of water. Our technicians use great care when extracting the water, avoiding stretching the fabric of the carpet, which can cause delamination, which is the separation of the carpet from its backing. Multiple passes ensure we remove all water eventually. Thorough removal makes the final drying phase with heated air movers and dehumidifiers less time and energy consuming, and more effective as well.  

SERVPRO of Conway / Holden Heights invests in the training and the equipment needed to return your water damaged floors and carpet to “Like it never even happened.” One call, day or night, to (407) 985-3200 sets the remediation process in motion. 

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