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Inspecting the Condition of Wet Wood in Santa Rosa Beach Homes

3/17/2020 (Permalink)

Subflooring pulled up in a room with water under the subflooring. Water damage to your Santa Rosa Beach home will be hard to deal with, let us help you be effective with everything including your flooring.

Let SERVPRO inspect all aspects of your Santa Rosa Beach home after water damage.

There are hundreds of drying decisions that our SERVPRO team must make with every water loss incident they encounter in Santa Rosa Beach homes. As challenging as these circumstances can be when substantial migration has already occurred, swift action can help to reduce further property damage and protect expensive flooring options like oak, maple, and cherry natural planks.

Water removal in Santa Rosa Beach homes might not always refer to excessive standing water where loss incidents have occurred. The cellulose in hardwood planks from these tree species can make absorption happen quickly, which can make a substantial recovery obstacle for our responding technicians. Identifying the condition of wood plank flooring can help to determine what steps are necessary to reduce your cost in restoration and prevent unnecessary tear-out and reconstruction.

Removing Water from Hardwood Planks 

When caught early enough, our SERVPRO technicians can remove trapped moisture from wood planks. Before moisture soaks through to the subflooring material, we can utilize a combination of drying mats and tenting materials like poly sheeting together to help remove present moisture. Monitoring is critical during this process, as it is not tricky to over-dry the wood and cause equally damaging conditions. We use surface moisture meters inside the tent with the drying mats to regularly monitor the moisture removal process.

Physical Deformation and Structural Damage

The presence of water in wood planks of flooring is manageable until the moisture molecules bond with the composition of the wood. Now free moisture becomes bound water molecules, and physical damage ensues. Early damage to the flooring shows at the seams where planks press together, usually swelling or distorting along these seams. In these situations, the only suitable solution is removal by our qualified team of in-house contractors. These same professionals can also install the new flooring planks when restoration nears completion.

Water losses can be a damaging situation for your home, and this can become even worse when saturated wood flooring does not get dried quickly enough. Give our SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties rapid response team a call 24/7 at (850) 267-0746.

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