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Salvageable Flooded Hardwood Floors in North Kingston Homes

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

Water spots on wood flooring. Having a flood in your North Kingston home can take over let us help with everything including your hardwood flooring.

Flood damage to your North Kingston flooring can be frustrating.

The determination of what materials are salvageable and which must get removed are some of the hundreds of drying and recovery decisions necessary for North Kingston homes after a flood. In situations where contaminations reaching categories 2 and 3 exist, it is customary to remove many of the exposed materials. This approach is unnecessary for category 1 (clean water) concerns. These situations exist from wind-driven rain coming in from missing windows or runoff pouring in through a compromised section of the roof.  

Older homes in our area often feature hardwood flooring, which can be a focal point for our SERVPRO restorers when addressing flood damage in North Kingston properties. Removing the surface water from this material is rarely the extent of the attention wood flooring needs, but implementing effective drying practices quickly can prevent the need for controlled demolition and replacement.

Determining the salvageability of any material in your home involves the application of sophisticated detection devices and cameras. While surface meters can often determine the presence of water beyond the top layer of wood plank, advanced approaches like thermography can help to show cold spots where moisture exists. These readings and results can dictate where drying implements like mats get placed to remove the surface and free water trapped in the plank.

Because hardwoods like oak plank flooring have a lower porosity than other flooring types, there is a more considerable period of salvageability. If this flooring is among the only areas that require drying after flood damages, we can regulate airflow and the steady draw of moisture from the material by tenting in the drying mats and exhausting the moist air to the exterior of the house.

Flooding can impact many of the materials and contents of your home in a destructive way. The faster that you can secure the experienced professionals of our SERVPRO of Newport & Bristol Counties team, the more of the saturated structural elements that we can protect. We can begin our assessment and respond to your emergency within hours of your initial call. You can reach us 24/7 at (401) 847-8145.

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