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Professional Remediation for Water Damage to Floors in Green Valley

8/26/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage affects materials in your home at different rates. Contact SERVPRO right away for effective remediation efforts.

SERVPRO Technicians Understand How Quickly Many Different Types of Flooring Absorb Water After a Water Damage Event

Nearly all homeowners take the structural components and fixtures of their Green Valley residences for granted until water intrudes. The damage water can cause is shocking, yet you have little time to spare assimilating that information during the crisis. Water damage must be addressed immediately. Our technicians train in efficient water remediation strategies and have access to the correct equipment to abate a water loss that otherwise might expose your floors to permanent damage.

The approach taken to remediate water damaged floors in your Green Valley home varies depending on the type of flooring material. Vinyl or linoleum and tile floors typically handle water well, rarely needing more than water extraction and general drying with air movers and a dehumidifier to remedy. In cases, however,  where the water seeps down into the subfloor through cracks in the joints between tile or squares, more intensive action is needed. Our technicians know how to evaluate the damage to the surface and the underlying plywood or other flooring layers. During IICRC training, our employees master methods to reduce the excess moisture in all flooring levels to normal levels.

When laminate floors show water damage, the prognosis can be less favorable. Laminate floors contain layers of absorbent materials that soak up the water, swelling and distorting quickly. These floors mimic hardwood or other natural materials but are not as durable. If SERVPRO technicians arrive shortly after the laminate soaks through, swift water extraction and drying techniques might save some or at least a portion of the flooring. Often the layers split apart as the water dissolves the bonds and those areas require replacement.

Hardwood floors can be surprisingly durable, but SERVPRO reports the best outcomes when we arrive within hours of the water loss. Eventually even densely pored wood absorbs enough water to swell resulting in buckling, warping, cupping, or crowning. We evaluate the damage seen and advise on the likelihood we can reverse or at least mitigate the damage. In all cases, water removal and drying are necessary.

SERVPRO must resolve water damage to subfloors under all circumstances. If the moisture levels remain at above normal, the efforts we make to dry out visible flooring fail when the underlying moisture wicks into the top layer. Lingering moisture also exposes your home to the risk of secondary damage like mold growth and progressive weakening of the structure. We use advanced drying equipment like dehumidifiers and negative air pressure floor mats that pull moisture out the wet layers. If there is access to the underfloor from the story below, we position air movers underneath to hasten evaporation.
SERVPRO of Southeast Tucson / Sahuarita / Green Valley has a range of strategies available if your floor experiences water damage. Call us at  (520) 648-7360 to schedule an assessment and develop a water mitigation plan.

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