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Jacksonville Wood Floor Drying

Flooding does not always affect the entire home. Where it does leave damage or restoration work, it always seems to be the most inconvenient area for a homeowner such as the main hallway or a family room everyone has to go through to get from one end of the home to the other.

In this Jacksonville home, you can see in the video that the inconvenient area this time is the living room. SERVPRO restoration crew members moved everything possible into the kitchen and dining room part of the house and the patio/sunroom.

Drying hardwood flooring can be a challenge, but we can quickly clean up the damage done to your floor. In this home, technicians have already used water extraction wands to remove the standing water and smaller amounts trapped between the floorboards. The drying method in the video uses plastic sheeting and a dehumidifier to remove moisture trapped in the wood and underneath the floor.

Covering the floor raises the temperature of the surface, increasing the rate that it releases moisture from the floorboards into the air. If this home were in a colder environment, you would also see where technicians inserted an air mover to blow warm, dry air across the affected floor to raise the temperature.

Increasing the temperature and moisture release rate improves the efficiency of the dehumidifier to draw moisture from the wood and the air both above and below the surface. The device you see draws out over 25 gallons of water every 24 hours. Since dehumidifiers use a fan to pull in the damp air, we slit the plastic at regular intervals to prevent it from sticking to the surface and forming a vapor barrier which stops the dehumidification process cold.

The goal here, and with every restoration task is to make it “Like it never even happened.” For more information about what SERVPRO of Jacksonville South can do for your home, visit their website at http://www.SERVPROjacksonvillesouth.com/ or call their office at (904) 762-8066.