There are many reasons why your home’s hardwood floors are cupping—whether you reside in a very humid climate, flooding, or your HVAC system fails to remove enough moisture from the air within your home. Cupping is a sign your wood floors were recently exposed to water, and failing to extract water from your hardwood floors can result in permanent damage and expensive wood floor repairs.
So, how do you extract water from hardwood flooring? New and advanced hardwood floor drying techniques can help you save your floors from permanent, irreplaceable damage and keep your savings where it belongs—in your pocket!
Water Damage to Hardwood Floors
When water damage is present in your wood floors, your response in the first couple of hours are the most critical to avoiding long-term damage. Even minor spills should be cleaned up right away using an old rag or some paper towels. If your spill is overwhelming, or you’ve experienced a flood in your home, call a hardwood floor expert—like us!
Warning Signs of Water Damage to Hardwood Floors
If you notice any of the following warning signs, you may have delayed water damage to your hardwood floors:
- Your wood floors begin to cup
- Your wood floors need refinishing
- Your floorboards begin to warp
- Your wood floors feel damp
Hardwood Floor Drying Process
If your floor is salvageable, give us a call. Professional water damage vacuum panels are the only way to dry a water damaged hardwood floor. At Elegant Floor Service, we have the tools and technology to dry your wood floors with efficiency.
Time is of the essence when you have water damage to wooden floors in your home. Our hardwood floor drying process includes:
- Installing vacuum panels – Vacuum panels pull air through flutes of the flooring. The more planks we can cover the better.
- Extract water from hardwood planks – The faster you can dry the floor, the better. If you take too long to call a hardwood flooring expert, mold may begin to grow in places where moisture levels exceed 16 percent. Water damaged hardwood floors can cause moisture levels to remain greater than 18 percent for more than a month.
- Apply multiple drying techniques – Other than vacuum panels, keeping your home warm with really dry air, changing air filters to increase air flow, and placing specialty drying systems underneath your floor boards improve drying results.
Hardwood Floor Specialists in Maryland, Virginia & Washington, DC
Elegant Floor Service is the DMV area’s trusted hardwood floor specialists and wood floor company. If your floors have water damage and need to be dried as soon as possible, give us a call or contact us online!