When Does Flooring Need Replacing After Water Disasters in Eagle Rock Homes?
Saturation Can Deteriorate and Degrade Supports and Flooring Materials Until it Cannot Support the Weight of Foot Traffic
During water disasters, the spread and collection of pooling water often affect the flooring of Eagle Rock homes and businesses the most. Because there are often multiple types of flooring materials from one room to the next in a modern home, our SERVPRO professionals must arrive prepared to manage and handle the damages to each of these types. It is always our priority to restore when possible and only replace when water damage has become too severe, and physical damage has resulted.
Water damage repairs for Eagle Rock homes are often a requirement when large water loss emergencies have occurred. Water disasters can move quickly through adjacent areas of the house to impact a large area while beginning to absorb into the porous materials exposed from appliance malfunctions and plumbing breaks to broken fixtures in bathrooms or kitchens. With pooling and standing water concerns, flooring is often among the most heavily affected by saturation and absorption concerns, especially carpet and wood flooring.
When Are Carpeted Floors Too Damaged to Restore?
As you might suspect, carpet is among the most sensitive to absorption and saturation concerns. Water often does not pool on carpeted floors until after the top layer and the padding layer underneath has become entirely saturated and cannot absorb any more. Drying these elements is not always possible, primarily when damages to the carpet have already formed, such as microbial growth on the underside of the fibers' backing material. Between our efforts to dry carpet, padding, or the underlying subflooring construction, we have several water removal tactics:
- Carpet Wands
- Removing Padding
- Centrifugal Air Movers
- Floor Mats
If water cannot get removed from these materials, the only solution is to remove and discard them. This demolition might mean cutting out OSB and plywood if physical damage is evident on these materials under the padding.
Can Wood Floors Require Replacement After Water Damage?
Wood plank flooring is often finished to provide a natural sheen and pleasing aesthetic for the house. As wood is already a semi-porous material, the added varnish or lacquer can offer an additional layer of protection from direct absorption. With prolonged exposure of standing water, moisture can penetrate this thin coating to get in between planks, underneath this layer, and ultimately in the wood itself. Understanding the progression of water damage through these materials and what phases might be necessary is vital to protect the property immediately.
- Stages of Water Damage – Surface water is where extraction is the easiest to achieve. Water removal is still possible with trapped moisture with drying mats. Bound water is when the moisture bonds with the wood to distort and warp it, requiring removal.
- Controlled Demolition – Physical damage to wood plank is irreversible, meaning that once warping at plank seams occurs, these areas of the floor must get removed and later replaced.
- Environmental Testing – Testing the environment and space around materials can indicate the potential presence of mold. Microbial threats might require further demolition.
Can Mold Become a Legitimate Concern with Saturated Structural Elements?
As suggested with wood damage, microbial growth's potential is likely when moisture exposure in Eagle Rock has persisted for more than a couple of days. While you might not initially recognize signs of mold growth, environmental testing conducted by industrial hygienists and third party mold inspector agencies can indicate when mold remediation might be necessary for your property. This air sampling can show definitive results from a third-party vendor impartial to your property's restoration and recovery.
What Repairs and Reconstruction Tasks Can SERVPRO Provide?
We strive to provide a comprehensive approach for the restoration and recovery of your damaged home after a water disaster. Our teams consist of contractors on our roster for general build back and mold reconstruction and skilled technicians accredited from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). We have the appropriate personnel to help your house through almost every obstacle in the way of the completed restoration.
- Plumbing Repairs
- Drywall Replacement
- Floor Reinstallation
- Floor Refinishing
Water restoration often requires a combination of water removal, drying, cleaning, and repairs. This full-service approach to your property's recovery ensures that we are the one-stop-shop you need after disasters strike. Give our SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale team a call anytime that you need us at (323) 255-1000.