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HELP! My hardwood floors have gotten wet!

12/28/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage HELP! My hardwood floors have gotten wet! Specialized equipment for a specialized job

Some of the most frantic calls we receive are when someones hardwood floors get wet during a water damage.  Even if the water is cleaned up from the surface immediately, the water may have already penetrated the flooring.  Water travels under the floor boards which causes them to swell and buckle.  It usually takes around 48 hours for signs of visible damage and in most cases this damage is irreversible which means the floor will require replacement. 

That’s where SERVPRO of Central Chester County comes in.   We have specialized floor drying equipment specifically for this problem.  It’s called a “Trapped Moisture Ventilation System” or hardwood floor drying system.  The system works by placing plastic mats on the wet flooring and using suction to draw out the moisture.  The drying process typically takes 3-5 days to return the moisture content of the floor to normal and in most cases, re-finishing is not required!

When it comes to wet hardwood flooring, time is of the essence.  The sooner the drying process begins the better the end result.  With 24 hour emergency services, we can be on-site within 4 hours to begin the drying process.  

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