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How to Restore Hardwood Floors After Water Damage

As in all water-related property damage, TIME is of the essence. Floors are at a greater risk for permanent water damage and mold growth if you don’t take care of water or moisture immediately. Hardwood flooring will absorb moisture quickly due to its density. Besides rapid response time, successful hardwood floor water damage repair depends on the type of flooring, wood, and finish, method of installation, amount of moisture, and replacement value.

For hardwood floor water damage restoration, consider hiring a professional disaster restoration company. They have the necessary knowledge and expertise and use specialized equipment for efficient drying. The specialized drying equipment is crucial in making sure floors are dried in time and to the correct moisture levels. However, if you want to repair hardwood floor water damage yourself, check out the tips below.

How to Repair Hardwood Floors

  • Wear protective gear such as gloves, rubber boots, and a mask.
  • Stop the flow of water!
  • Turn off the power to the affected room until the water has been removed.
  • Assess the damages before you begin the restoration to determine whether to clean up or replace the floor. Take photos, list damaged items, and show them to your insurance company.
  • Remove any items (carpet, furniture, etc.) from the floor and take them to a dry area.
  • Open windows and doors to allow moisture to evaporate more quickly.
  • Start removing the excess water with a wet/dry vacuum cleaner or with mops. Anything to remove water is ideal. If the water level is deep, use a sump pump to drain the water. Asking someone to help you can finish the task faster and avoid further damage.
  • Use dehumidifiers, heaters, and fans to speed up the drying process. Place them evenly spaced out in the flooded area. Direct the fans towards the floor’s surface or wet areas.
  • Clean any debris from the floor with a non-abrasive brush and detergent while the heaters, fans, and dehumidifiers are running. Rinse the floor with clean water and continue to dry the floor.
  • Using a sanitizer to eliminate any bacteria growth is recommended. 

When dealing with a flooded hardwood floor, YOU must act quickly to save your floor from permanent damage and mold growth. Contact a professional flood remediation company, such as Pursuit Restoration, that can quickly mitigate the damage and implement the best course of action. Also, this could help learn how to avoid hardwood flooring water damage in the future.

What Type of Flooring is Installed?

Inspection is always crucial when starting to repair any hardwood floor that has water damage. Hardwood flooring comes in a variety of species, such as oak, pine, maple, and cherry. More and more exotic species are being used in flooring. Every type can expect different challenges in the drying process because of the varying levels of moisture absorption.

There are also varieties of flooring that look like wood but are not. These floors will sometimes have a laminate on the surface and a particle board substructure. When moisture gets beneath these floors, drying is nearly impossible. The inability to dry these surfaces is due to moisture being trapped under the laminate, which acts as a vapor barrier. For more help, call Pursuit Restoration to help you evaluate your flooring’s type and condition.

Professionals will also assess the initial installation method of the hardwood flooring. Original installation may be nailed, glued or installed in a floating method.

  • When nailed floors have suffered from water damage, the nails may lift.
  • If the floor has been glued onto the substrate, the moisture may release the glue.
  • In the case of a floating type floor, it may not be true wood and may be a laminated product. Tongue and groove hardwood flooring may “cup” after absorbing moisture.

Patience in Drying Hardwood Floors

Once the technicians have determined the wood floor type and installation method, drying can begin. Using surface and/or subsurface drying methods and proper dehumidification, technicians can force airflow beneath the surface of the floor (in a positive or negative manner) to remove this moisture. It may also be necessary to access the floor from below for faster drying. Specialized equipment using drying mats can be placed to pull moisture from the ends of the hardwood floors. Hardwood typically has flutes that allow water or air flow to move in a parallel direction with the hardwood.

Effective drying of a hardwood floor is a slow process. It will sometimes take 7 to 10 days for the floor to release enough water to complete the forced drying process. Removing all the absorbed water from the floor can be costly, but very inexpensive compared to replacement. 

The hardwood drying continues until the wood’s moisture levels reach the floor’s dry standard. At this point, nature will acclimate the floors to the atmospheric conditions they are installed in. Education in this process is key for a successful job. Let the restoration professionals at Pursuit Restoration help you dry your hardwood floor properly.

Repairing the Finish

Once the hardwood floor is dry, there may still be damage to the floor finish. Finishes, such as waxes and polyurethane, may inhibit the evaporation of the absorbed moisture. They will sometimes have to be removed in the drying process to allow for moisture removal.

If the hardwood floor cups slightly, the finish may check and crack due to the movement of the wood product. This is a normal part of the drying process. Once the floor is completely dry, the floor can be refinished once it has acclimated. The acclimation process can take up to a few months. 

Hardwood floor drying is a specialty. Our restoration professionals have the knowledge to properly evaluate the many types of floors and have specialized equipment to repair hardwood floor water damage.

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What is Under Your Home?

Vented vs. Closed Crawlspace

The Treasure Valley has seen a rapid growth in Closed Crawlspaces in the recent growth boom. Why are closed crawlspaces becoming so popular around the Treasure Valley? Most of the valleys home builders are applying this method to their new construction. A conditioned crawl space, also known as a sealed, unvented, or closed crawl space, significantly reduces or eliminates many of the problems of the traditional ventilated crawl space. It does this by allowing conditioned air from your home to flow through it in a sealed space, which then vents the used air to the outside of your house. Think of it as a mini basement under your home. Not only does a conditioned crawl space significantly improve the air quality in your home, it reduces your heating and cooling costs. Mold or moisture problems will happen with conditioned or vented crawls spaces alike. if the crawl space is high in moisture, or wet, you need to correct the problem and get it dried out! vents or small fans will not do this!

Vented Crawlspaces are best to keep the vents open during the hot humid months to help keep air changes occurring tin the crawlspace. If you have a vented crawlspace making sure all the plumbing is insulated and the sub floor is insulated to help reduce energy costs. If you ever feel you have moisture or mold issues contact Pursuit Restoration to have a professional assess the damages. 

Concrete Slab

The foundation that your house is built on can have a major impact on the structural integrity of your home. A slab foundation is made of concrete that is typically 4”-6” thick in the center. The concrete slab is often placed on a layer of sand for drainage or to act as a cushion. Houses built on a slab lack crawlspaces, and there is no space under the floor.

Concrete slabs are more common in warm states where the ground is likely to freeze and cause the foundation to crack. In the Treasure Valley heating units are often used to keep the slab from freezing during cold winter months. Some houses don’t have a basement or crawl space under them but are simply built on a concrete slab – perhaps because the house sits on bedrock or a high water table. The concrete is poured onto the ground all at one time. Some foundations have post tension cables or are reinforced with steel rods called rebar so that the slab can bearing the weight of the house.

Some advantages of a concrete slab are that it takes less time for a concrete slab to dry. Less downtime means that construction can move along without delay. There is no need to wait the several days it takes for the concrete in a poured basement to cure and dry. Slab foundations minimize the risk of damage from flooding or the leaking of gas, such as radon, from a basement or crawl space into the house. A concrete slab can protect a home from termites or other similar insects as there are no open spaces underneath the house that provide access to wooden joists or supports insects could chew. Cost savings is one of the biggest advantages. In many cases, the home buyer can shave as much as $10,000 off the cost of the house. If it is built on a slab there is no crawl space or basement t budget for. This is particularly true when a builder has to carve a basement out of solid rock—a very expensive proposition.

Some disadvantages of a concrete slab are termites and other pests cannot gain access directly beneath the house, they can enter through the walls since the house is typically closer to the ground. This is particularly true if the siding is made of wood and sits on the ground. An air-conditioning unit and furnace may also have to be installed on the ground floor, which means that they will take up room that might otherwise be used for other purposes. One of the most significant potential disadvantages is if the slab cracks. This can substantially compromise the structural integrity of the house and be difficult and expensive to repair. Among the factors that can result in a slab cracking are tree roots, soil displacement, earthquakes, or frozen ground.

Idaho's Least Common... Basements

More often then I hear questions as to why Idaho does not have many basements in the homes. Its a very good question to ask with yet a very simple answer. The Treasure Valley has a very high water table. Even though Idaho’s climate is of a dessert if you dig just a few feet below the soil in many areas you will encounter wet soil. The high water tables are not a good match for basements or swimming pools. There are homes with basements in the Treasure Valley. They are not common and often times where the water table is not so close to the surface. 

Even pools have the chance of cracking and pushing to the surface if placed in an area where the water table is near the surface. 

Professionally Restoration Services

Pursuit Restoration can handle all Water, Mold and Fire Damage to your property. Call 208-515-6503 24/7 for Emergency Services. If you encounter high moisture from your crawlspace or basement it could be a perfect environment for mold to grow. 

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Restoration Process

How Does the Water Damage Restoration Process Work?

The first step is to remove standing water from flooring, wet carpet and other affected materials. Once all the water is removed, dehumidifiers, air movers and other specialized equipment are used to dry the affected area. This typically takes 2 to 5 days, depending on but not limited to saturation time, type of materials and atmospheric conditions. We use moisture meters and thermal imaging cameras to determine when your home is thoroughly dry.

How Long Should the Water Cleanup Take?

Full restoration consists of two major phases. The first, mitigation, consists of demolition, cleaning and drying the structure. This phases typically takes 2 to 5 days. The second phase, repairs can take anywhere from a couple days to 4 weeks depending on the degree of damage and lead time for materials. Certain materials like Cabinets, Custom Wood, High End Floorings can take extended time to ship. We will work with and your insurance provider to get your property back to normal as quickly as possible.

How Much Does it Cost to Fix Water Damage?

The cost of water damage cleanup depends on the size of the flooded area and amount of time needed to handle the water repair. If your insurance policy covers the water damage you are only responsible for your deductible. The average water loss is just over $7,000. When properly dried in a timely manner you can prevent secondary damages or more costly issues, like mold.

What are the Different Categories of Water?

  1. Clean water – Category 1 – Poses no harm to people. This includes water damage caused from any fresh water supply, water heater, sink overflow, appliance malfunction.
  2. Gray water – Category 2 – Can cause harm and illness to people. This includes water damage which has significant amounts of contamination, biological, chemical, or physical.
  3. Black water – Category 3 – Can cause severe harm or illness to people. Black water is highly unsanitary and contains pathogenic agents. Black water typically comes from beyond the trap, sewage backups, ground water, etc.

Can Water Damage Cause Mold?

Water damage certainly has the potential to cause mold growth. Mold thrives in moist environments with any moisture, especially high humidity areas. In order to keep energy efficiency, modern homes are insulated to reduce loss of energy. This also allows for moisture to stay hidden and not dry if not inspected properly.

Can Water Damage be Hidden? If so, What are the Signs?

Water damage is most often hidden. Some common signs of water intrusion are paint peeling, MDF base swelling, particle boards swelling, condensation, musky odors, damp or wet carpet, etc.

What Certifications does Pursuit Restoration Have?

  1. The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IRCIC) provide a very specific standard of rules for fixing water damage, mold remediation, and fire and smoke restoration. We carry WRT (Water Restoration Technician), ASD (Applied Structural Drying), AMRT (Applied Microbial Remediation Technician), FRST (Fire and Smoke Restoration Technician)
  2. We hold an IICRC Firm certification, Contractors License, and Fully licensed and insured.

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Advanced Drying Techniques

The Benefits of Advance Drying

After a flood, it is crucial to dry water-damaged properties and contents as quickly as possible. In the past, water damage restoration contractors had limited options available to them when performing water damage restoration. Equipment was restricted in its availability, variety, efficiency, and effectiveness. It was not only slow but would also result in removing and discarding damaged contents.

Then, of course, it was necessary to install new materials, paint, etc. The result was a long period of disruption to the occupants and extra expenses for insurance companies. Today, however, the “science of drying” has improved significantly. Thanks to modern equipment, we can completely restore water damaged properties and contents with minimal intrusion.

Some of the Latest Drying Technolgies Include

  • LGR Dehumidifiers — Using LGR Dehumidifiers, technicians can reduce the relative humidity to as low as 10%. These tools can remove up to 16 gallons of water from the air per day. Older dehumidifiers were able to reduce the humidity to only 40%, removing about five gallons of water per day. This disparity represents a vast improvement in efficiency, resulting in faster drying times – 24 to 48 hours as opposed to four or more days with older equipment.

 

  • Desiccants — In the right setting, restoration professionals will turn to a desiccant dehumidifier. Desiccants release very dry and warm air (5% relative humidity and 110 degrees F) into humid areas, eliminating moisture. They use silica gel to absorb humidity from the air. Desiccants operate very effectively, even if the environment is below freezing.

 

  • Intra-wall Drying — This technique helps the drying process inside of walls without removing drywall. In this process, baseboards are removed, and small holes are drilled through walls near the base. Technicians then push air into the cavity behind the wall. This dramatically reduces drying time for the wall, often to less than half of what it would take to dry it by other methods. The forced air approach also works for certain types of insulation, again eliminating the need to remove drywall to gain access. This method is especially appropriate when water damage originates from above the affected room. In many cases, it’s the only way to effectively save the walls.

 

  • Rescue Mat Systems — Today’s powerful water extraction equipment is far more effective at removing moisture than simple vacuum units, a common practice in times past. Rescue mat systems can extract water from hardwood floors efficiently, leaving the underlying pad slightly moist but not wet.

Other Benefits of Using Advanced Drying Tools

  • Lower expenses — Wet carpet, pad, and drywall can often be completely restored and do not need replacement. This results in lower costs for the loss, and it allows the occupants to return to their normal lives much sooner with far less disruption. Also, modern technology can prevent the costs related to older methods, such as turning back and/or removing carpet; removing, discarding, and replacing the pad; replacing the new carpet or relaying the old.

 

  • Preventing mold — Thanks to faster drying, mold and other fungi have less time to develop. This helps alleviate possible health problems, such as respiratory discomfort and allergic reactions, which fungal contamination can cause. In addition, mold can weaken structural materials, such as drywall and wood framing, to the point that they must be replaced. Using advanced dehumidification systems removes moisture and thus helps prevent mold growth. With little or no moisture present, mold and mildew either do not start or die very quickly.

 

  • Other benefits of rapidly removing moisture include the prevention of irreversible swelling in porous materials, such as paper and wood; shrinkage in some fabrics, such as upholstery and drapes; rust occurring on metals like doorknobs and hinges; and damage to electronic equipment that could occur with high levels of humidity.

Professional Disaster Restorers Have Also Improved

Most importantly in a situation dealing with water damage is how effective professionals are now. Pursuit Restoration invests in the latest equipment and We have the training and expertise to properly remove moisture. That means your home will return to its original state more quickly, minimizing all related costs and inconvenience.

For water damage caused by storms and floods, as well as fire, smoke, and mold remediation services, call Pursuit Restoration at 208-515-6503

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What to Expect During a Water Loss

If you’ve had a pipe break or flooding in your home or business, water
damage restoration service may be required. Here’s what to expect from the
process.

From the moment you discover water damage, the quicker the issue is addressed the faster the property can be back to normal. Your first step should be to prevent further damage by turning off the main water supply or the nearest shut off to the source. Next, call Pursuit Restoration, your trusted Restoration company. The sooner professionals are onsite the sooner you can rest assured the job will dried quickly, with the PR Quality Service approach!

Call the Professionals at Pursuit Restoration First!!

It’s crucial that you call Pursuit Restoration FIRST before calling your insurance company. We will work directly with all homeowner’s insurance companies to resolve your issues. We ask that you call us first for MULTIPLE reasons including but not limited to; unnecessary claims on record, understanding your policy to determine the MOST value for your claim, and Worst-case scenario being dropped coverage.

The Remediation Process Begins

Our professional team will quickly assess the damages from top to bottom,
including the attic, living space, and crawlspace to determine the fastest
approach to drying the structure of the property. 

Pursuit Restoration will then quickly extract any and all water. This is the
KEY to drying the structure in the quickest way possible.  It doesn’t
matter how much water is extracted, what matters is HOW MUCH WATER IS LEFT
AFTER EXTRACTION. This is why the step is the KEY to drying the
structure. 

We will set the Newest state of the art drying equipment, and daily monitor
until the job is dry. At that point the equipment can be removed, and you will
receive Our 2 Year Warranty. 

Finally, and the most important step. We will get your house put back to gather in a timely manner with the utmost quality in every aspect of the rebuilding process. 

Keeping you Informed

Throughout the process from the very beginning to the end You will be kept informed. Pursuit Restoration knows that this is typically a stressful and undesirable situation to deal with. Knowing it is so stressful, we will keep you informed and answer any questions you may have. If you have any questions, please contact us at 208-515-6503