How To Deal With Flood Damage Effects On Your Cypress Home
How To Deal With Flood Damage
During a flood damage event, the exposure time, together with the permeance of materials, usually determines the extent of the damage which results. Permeance is the ability of a material to resist moisture penetration. If moisture quickly passes through a surface and has a long exposure time, then more damage is likely to occur to your Cypress property. If you act fast and get the water removed, there are high chances of having less damage and salvaging several items.
Let us start by looking at the effects of flood damage in Cypress, particularly on wood flooring, and the procedures that our SERVPRO technicians employ during the restoration process. Typically, wooden floors expand when they absorb moisture, and with time warping and buckling may take place at the point where the boards meet. The buckling rate is usually determined by the type of wood and the amount of moisture present.
Crowning and cupping also occur when the wood absorbs water. If the moisture permeates the wood from the lower sides, its edges are likely to rise, which is what we call cupping. Our SERVPRO technicians can sand out cupped areas where necessary. In cases where the top regions in the wood hold more water than its bottom and sides, the wood usually curves in what is known as crowning. When crowning occurs, sanding out sections is not an option.
Wooden floors usually have several infiltration points through coating breaks, between seams, and under baseboards, which may not necessarily be on their top layer. If the water seeps in and combines with dirt, it can lead to mold growth. Our SERVPRO technicians use penetrating moisture meters to identify any hidden moisture. Also, to enhance the drying process, we might remove the laminated floor since they may act as moisture barriers.
SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress is a trusted industry leader in water, mold, fire, and storm damage restoration. Call us at (714) 236-9599 and receive trusted services from our highly trained restoration team.