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When a flood occurs on a hardwood floor the first couple of hours are crucial. If it’s only a minor spill, the home owner should try to wipe the water off using rags and paper towels as well as ventilating the room to help dry the water that is absorbed into the wood. If the amount of water is overwhelming don’t hesitate to give us a call and a team will be deployed with water extraction equipment. The amount of time between the occurrence and the extraction will determine the fate of the hardwood floor which can range from minor damage to a total disaster that will require wood replacement. While our team is on the way the home owner should still try to remove as much water as possible using rags and ventilation techniques.


The first thing we do when arriving at the home owner’s location is determining the cause of the flooding and making sure we stop the source of the leak. We will proceed to remove the water using water extractors and industrial drying fans. We can also use a pad vacuum water extractor that is going to be installed and used for a few days until the moisture level in the wood drops to the normal levels. The price for the service will be determined by the amount of time necessary for the moisture levels to drop and the extent of the damage caused.


If the hardwood floor is installed on a wooden subfloor on top of a concrete slab the situation is different. The team has to determine if the water reached the plywood or the concrete. If the water passed the plywood and reached the concrete, the floor has to be replaced entirely as the concrete has the property to keep moisture for longer periods of time resulting in mold buildup. There is not enough time or equipment that will dry a flooded floor all the way to the concrete. To determine the extent of damage, the team will remove a section of the wood and measure the moisture within the plywood.