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Saving Hardwood Floors from Water Damage in your Residential Home

12/8/2016 (Permalink)

Time is of the Essence when looking to Save your Hardwood Floors from Water Damage. Act Fast and contact your Professionals to start a Drying Plan.

Can my Hardwood Floors be saved from Water Damage?

SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno is asked multiple times if Hardwood Floors can be saved from Water Damage.  Well, for the quick answer, yes! True Hardwood Floors can be saved, but time is of the essence and depending on the circumstances; if any discoloration, delaminating or buckling has already occurred, then the Hardwood Floors may need to be removed and it is important when making decisions about saving, removing or replacing Hardwood Floors, considering the Category of Water and the time of exposure.

What kind of Wood Floors do you have in your Residential Home?

Knowing the kind of Wood Floors that came in contact with the water will help determine if the Wood Floors can possibly be saved or not.   Here are some examples of the Wood Floors in Residential Homes and the possible outcome if affected by water:

Solid True Hardwood Floors: can be successfully saved or salvaged when treated in a timely manner; depending on circumstances.  

Engineered Wood Flooring: can possibly be saved or salvaged if treated in a timely manner; depending on circumstances.  But in most cases this Wood Flooring can be considered non- salvageable and may need to be removed when affected by water.

Laminate Flooring: can be mistaken as wood and is unfortunately considered non- salvageable and cannot be saved; regardless the circumstances and should be removed when affected by water.

When Wood Floors gets saturated by water the moisture travels through that material, the water is absorb by the wood and will keep spreading.  Acting fast to remove excess water and starting a drying plan will stop the spread of moisture; this will help keeping damage to a minimum and can potentially save your Wood Floors. 

Contact your professionals at SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno by calling 650-794-1000 for assistance with your Wood Floors.  We will be happy to help you in your time of need!


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