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Saveing Hardwood Floors After Flooding

Mar 21, 2008
If your house is flooded because of plumbing issues, it may not be as disastrous as a flood created by really bad weather disasters, but it might still damage hardwood floors and other possessions in our home. Drying the water up as fast as you can is the most important thing. The less amount of time the wood is completely saturated with water, the less possibility there will be for permanent damage.

What you will want to do first of all is turn off the electricity and water after you find you have flooding taking place. It is necessary to call your insurance company right away. When a residence is flooded because of plumbing occurrences it is usually covered by your home insurance. The insurance company can inform you what to do next as far as finding a professional to do the clean up and someone to do the repairs that might be required.

As you are waiting for help to get there, you should do anything you can to begin removing things that are being damaged by the water. If you have two floors in a living space, some small belongings might be put up stairs if the water is on the first floor. Larger furniture could have to be taken outdoors. Water will damage the legs of furniture if they are left in it too long. If the water is not too high, start to sweep it out of the house or make use of a wet/dry vacuum to get however much you can up. Wet/dry vacuums are extremely useful for occurrences like this.

In the best of situations you will inquire about credentials of a water damage company before you hire them, but since it was an emergency, you might not have. If you did not, now is the time. You want to ask questions about what they will do and how much they will charge before they start working. If they show you there qualifications and you are confident in their abilities, let them start.

Hard wood floors can be expensive to replace, but today when the water has not been on the floors long enough to begin swelling, they can likely be rescued. The less money it cost your insurance business, the better they like it. Even with cost issues aside, the inconvenience of having floors replaced could take days or weeks of demolition and installment time.

There are new ways of drying hard wood floors that many experts are doing to salvage them. The largest part of the flood water can be extracted and the remainder is removed slowly to minimize the chances of cupping or warping by putting vacuum panels on the floor. Dehumidifiers that have HEPA filters capabilities are used to remove moisture from the air and make it clean. Using this process will likely save your existing hard wood floors and is wise and less expensive solution.
About the Author
Jim Corkern is a writer and promoter of
Fort Lauderdale Water Damage Restoration and
Miami Water Damage Restoration
Which are Certified IICRC Water damage and mold remediation contractors.
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