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How To Save Your Hardwood Floors After A Flood

Mar 12, 2008
Providing a home is flooded because of plumbing problems, it could not be as tragic as a flood created by nature, but it could still warp hardwood floors and other possessions in our residence. Getting the water up as fast as you can is the most vital thing. The less amount of time the wood is totally under water, the better.

What you need to do first is shut off the electricity and water if you find you have flooding occurring. It is important to get in touch with your insurance company quickly.

If a home is flooded from plumbing situations it is usually covered in your home owner's insurance. They will enlighten you what to do next about finding a qualified company to carry out the clean up and someone to do the repairs that will likely be needed.

As you are waiting for assistance to arrive, you should do anything you can to begin taking out items that are getting affected by the water. If you have two floors in your living space, some small possessions might be put up stairs if the water is only on the first floor.

Larger furniture may have to be moved outdoors, if you can. Water will hurt the legs of furniture if they are exposed to water for too long. Providing the water is not too high, begin to sweep or use a wet/dry vacuum to get however much you can out of the home. Wet/dry vacuums are very handy for situations like this.

Usually you will ask about a company's history before you call them, but because it was an emergency, you could not have. If you did not, now is the time. You need to inquire what they will do and how much they will charge you before you let them start. If they show you there qualifications and you are sure they are licensed and insured, let them start.

Hard wood floors are normally costly to reinstall, but now if the water has not been on the floors for enough time to cause swelling, they may be saved. The less money it cost the insurance business, the better they prefer it. Besides the cost, the upheaval of having floors taken up can take days or weeks for removal and repair time.

There are new methods of drying hard wood floors that some specialists are doing to salvage them. The biggest part of the flood water can be removed and the remainder is dried gradually to eliminate the chances of cupping or warping by placing vacuum panels on the floor.

Dehumidifiers that are equipped with HEPA filters systems are used to extract dampness from the air and make it clean. Doing this process can rescue your existing hard wood floors and is a much better solution.
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Dror Klar is a writer and promoter of quality Miami water damage restoration and Atlanta water damage restoration companies.
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