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Our Professionals Will Remove Trapped Moisture In Your Charleston Home

12/8/2019 (Permalink)

Removing Trapped Moisture in Charleston Hardwood Flooring

Moisture is a challenging obstacle to overcome, even though the water loss incident itself was not catastrophic in your Charleston property. Once the exposure has occurred over even a full day, penetration of moisture can leave surface water infiltrating the composition of wood flooring. The two stages of moisture damage beyond the surface can indicate the ability of our experienced technicians to restore wood flooring versus removing it and replacing it.

Identifying the severity of the hardwood flooring saturation is a determination made with the sophisticated tools of our SERVPRO team when evaluating all water damage to the Charleston residence. Surface moisture detection devices and thermography are among the top options for this assessment of saturation and moisture pockets beneath the surface level. Finding trapped moisture early can provide an opportunity to restore the hardwood flooring rather than requiring removal and reinstallation.

Free Moisture
Free moisture in a flooring material is water molecules that have not yet chemically bonded with the molecular makeup of the wood. Instead, much like surface water, they can get affected by drying and moisture removal techniques like drying mats, air movers, and dehumidifiers. When only free moisture exists, the planks have not yet begun to warp and distort, which makes them impossible to dry and restore to their original condition.

Bound Moisture
This term gets used when water saturating wood flooring has begun to alter the composition of these materials irreversibly. Early signals of this starting would be swelling around the creases between planks. Once our SERVPRO team can determine that bound water exists, it is often necessary to remove these portions of flooring and replace them. As a full-service restoration team, we have a division of experienced contractors that can oversee this controlled demolition and build back as needed.

We know water loss and how to protect the materials in your home from oversaturation when possible. Our SERVPRO of South & West Charleston team has extensive training and state-of-the-art equipment for drying wood flooring and making these loss events “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at (843) 823-7400.

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