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Is Trapped Water in Construction Materials Damaging Homes in Dunedin?

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged hardwood floors Water quickly damages flooring materials. We have the tools and the know-how to restore your home.

Removing Trapped Water in Dunedin Home Construction Materials 

Wood flooring and framework can hold water for extended periods, being a challenging area for our SERVPRO team to dry in Dunedin homes after a water loss. While surface water can often get addressed with extraction tools and drying techniques, moisture that has penetrated the seams of wood plank flooring and reached into the subflooring can become a challenge for even our experienced professionals. There are many steps and techniques to remove water from saturated wood flooring. 

Many homeowners might consider the presence of water in their wood flooring to be a total loss, but water removal for Dunedin homes is more probable than you might believe. Removing the trapped water in these planks starts with understanding the severity of the situation. Our technicians have sophisticated discovery devices and tools that can probe beyond the surface to determine moisture content concentrations and surface meters that can detect the presence of moisture beyond the top layer. Both of these approaches offer unique information that can help to designate the placement and number of drying tools used. 

Our SERVPRO team has multiple drying tools like air movers and positive pressure systems to help the evaporative drying processes in structural cavities and specific materials. However, the most effective approach for drawing moisture from water damaged wood plank flooring is drying mats. 

These get placed perpendicular to the seams of the installed plank to maximize the drying approach. If more concentrated drying efforts are necessary, we can utilize lay-flat poly sheeting taped and weighted against the flooring in a tent to expedite the drying process. Our technicians can closely monitor the progress of this drying effort with moisture meters to prevent over-drying the materials.   

Because hardwood and engineered flooring are both accessible construction materials chosen in the construction of modern homes, knowing the best approach to dry out these materials and trapped moisture can save our customers money. No matter how we can help, give our SERVPRO of Largo team a call today at (727) 586-0060. We have the skills and equipment to make water losses “Like it never even happened.” 

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