Flash Flood in Camarillo? Call Our Experts!
After A Flash Flood in Camarillo, Your Hardwood Floors May Have to Be Dried Out
Severe storms in Camarillo can sometimes prove to be very destructive. For example, if enough rain comes in a short period, you may have to deal with flash flood conditions. Once the water starts to get deep outside your property, moisture could start entering your residence from the ground or vulnerable places in your structure like lower door seals. Whenever your flooring starts to get wet, a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO can help.
If a flash flood ever hits Camarillo, your hardwood floors inside your home could get negatively affected. Excessive moisture can cause damage to wood flooring, and in extreme cases, the flooring must be removed and replaced. Hardwood floors can hold more moisture than softer woods because they are denser. The nature of hardwoods makes them much more difficult to restore once they have retained moisture. Luckily, our SERVPRO technicians have specialized equipment designed specifically for drying out hardwood floors.
When drying out hardwood floors, we focus on preventing issues like warping, buckling, or cupping from becoming permanent. Hardwood floors should also be dried out promptly so that mold does not have a chance to grow. Once any buckling, warping, or cupping stays after the floor is dry, refinishing or removal could have to be done. In minor cases, the problems with the floor can be restored by sanding down the imperfections and refinishing the floor. In cases where the buckling or cupping is severe, the flooring could have to be torn out then replaced.
When drying hardwood floors, one common technique is to use air movers and dehumidifiers. We use dehumidifiers to lower the affected area's relative humidity to between 30% and 45%. We then set up air movers above and below the flooring, if possible, to push airflow on both sides of the wood flooring material.
We also can implement equipment that can push air underneath the hardwood floor to push air underneath it. Sometimes drying can be more effective if done from the bottom up. In other scenarios, we can use specialized drying mats that help focus the air and push it deep into the hardwood flooring material.
After a flood, the results can be devastating. For help from the professionals, call SERVPRO of Camarillo at (805) 484-5009 24/7 because We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.
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