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Do I Need to Replace My South Kingstown Hardwood Floor After a Water Leak?

7/30/2020 (Permalink)

A kitchen with hardwood flooring. SERVPRO can help bring your South Kingstown hardwood floors back from water damage.

SERVPRO can assess your hardwood flooring needs and advise what the first steps should be after water damage. 

When a pipe bursts or water overflows from a plugged drain, it can spread very quickly across floors to adjacent rooms. Water can quickly soak into carpeting and penetrate to the subfloor. It can also flow between joints in hardwood floors and underneath baseboards to the subfloor and penetrate the drywall of your walls.

Homeowners should respond quickly when it comes to South Kingstown water damage and take the following action:

  • Shut off the source of the water
  • Call SERVPRO for immediate assistance in South Kingstown
  • Begin soaking up as much water as possible
  • Use towels, mops, even blankets to remove as much of the surplus water as possible.

Quick action can reduce the possibility of replacing hardwood flooring, avoid damage to subfloors, drywall, and baseboards.

How do I Remove Water from the Joints Between Hardwood Planks?

Once all of the water has been removed from the floor's surface, there is still a great deal of moisture between the planks of the hardwood floor. If the wood absorbs this moisture, the planks can swell, causing an uneven floor and cracking of the hardwood. Drywall can also swell and may be permanently damaged if the moisture is not immediately reduced. Our SERVPRO team has the knowledge and the equipment to remove excess moisture in wood floors before they are damaged.

SERVPRO can respond in less than four hours on a 24 hour 7 day a week basis. We use:

  • Drying mats attached to large vacuums to withdraw the excess water from the joints in the hardwood flooring,
  • Air movers to help absorb moisture and
  • Dehumidifiers to lower the humidity to appropriate levels

Our fast response can prevent permanent damage to the flooring saving the homeowner thousands of dollars in repairs. Even the damage to drywall, which is very susceptible to water damage, can be minimized if the water is removed and moisture levels returned to normal levels quickly enough.

Call SERVPRO of Washington Country (401) 315-2337 to deal with your emergency water removal needs.

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