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SERVPRO Turns Around Water Damage to a Hardwood Floor in Destin
The saying, "Time is of the essence" was never more applicable than when you're dealing with water damage. Once even clean water spills inside the home, the clock starts ticking on contamination and secondary damage from spreading to other areas, mold and damage to building materials.
We were called to a home in Destin in the early hours due to a water damage from a dishwasher leak. The homeowner had the habit of loading up the dishwasher and going to bed. The family dog awakened its owner barking at the water which had pooled in the kitchen and was heading towards the living room. The homeowner used towels to stop the water and cleaned up what they could before calling us, but their hardwood flooring had begun to warp, and water remained.
Since we got the call so quickly after the event, our technicians used a penetrating moisture meter to monitor if water compromised the subflooring, it was only moderately damp thanks to the quick action by the homeowner. We decided to try to mitigate the damage done by the water to the flooring since hardwood is denser and tolerates water better than softwoods. We extracted the remaining water and set up air movers and dehumidifiers to quickly dry the hardwood flooring. To ensure focused drying of both the flooring and subfloor, the SERVPRO techs erected a polyethylene tent over the wet area.
SERVPRO knows mold may be an issue, and we wiped down the affected areas with our antifungal solution to inhibit mold growth. Once the area was dry, very mild cupping and warp remained in the wood and the homeowner was advised because of the density of the hardwood, to wait for one to two months to ensure the moisture levels in the wood were completely stabilized, ideally around 12% moisture content, before having the floors sanded and refinished.
We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster. Our highly trained SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach team possesses the knowledge and equipment to mitigate water damage to your home. Call us at (850) 863-2552 any time 24/7 and we can be on-site in four hours or less.
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