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Why Water Damage is Bad for Hardwood Floors

3/9/2020 (Permalink)

Green tubes and machines entering a plastic sheet on top of a hardwood floor Above is an example of the system we use to dry wet hardwood floors!

Water damage is bad for any part of your home, but it’s especially true for your hardwood floors. In fact, one of the most common questions we’re asked is whether or not a customer’s wet hardwoods can be saved. The answer to that depends, but it helps if you understand why it’s bad to begin with.

How Water Warps Hardwood Flooring

When water floods areas with hardwood flooring, the material tries to absorb the water. Unfortunately, excessive moisture forces the wood to expand, which can cause warping or cupping. This is why we always encourage water damage victims to extract as much water as possible while they wait for help to arrive.

Saving Water Wet Hardwood Floors

In some cases, we can save your hardwood floors. If the water is quickly extracted and there isn’t significant warping, then we can use a drying process specifically designed for hardwood floors. But if the flooring was exposed to moisture for a significant period of time and shows major signs of warping, then your hardwoods will need to be removed and replaced.

Call Professionals Before It’s Too Late

While it’s possible to save your water-damaged hardwood flooring, time is a critical factor. If you notice water damage in your home, call a professional cleanup and restoration company like our team here at SERVPRO of Alexander, Caldwell, Burke and Catawba Counties. We offer 24/7 emergency restoration services, so if you need help, call us any time at (828) 396-1070!

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