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Are Natural Materials in the Home Hit Harder by Flooding?

3/15/2021 (Permalink)

flood damage living room Flood damage restoration is not any easy thing to do. Especially when it comes to home valuables. SERVPRO has the team you need.

SERVPRO of Waterbury Can Analyze and Restore Natural Wood Materials in your Home

Natural materials can often be resilient toward a water intrusion event. Lumber wood and hardwood floors absorb moisture and warp with consistent exposure. However, in many situations, these issues are reversible or restorable using modern equipment and expertise.

When dealing with Flood Damage in Waterbury properties, a common issue is with natural wood frames, drywall, and floorboards. Generally, wooden materials have a 5% to 30% moisture content. Exposure to additional moisture from flooding can cause them to expand. We use moisture meters which are specially calibrated to wooden materials, to assess the exact moisture content. A desiccant dehumidifier or rapid air-mover can often be used to bring the moisture content down to an average level. 

  • Moisture meters can either be placed directly onto surfaces or use probes to penetrate surface layers of materials.
  • Meters are generally calibrated to a wood scale which can be used to assess drywall, gypsum board, and solid woods accurately. 
  • Once moisture content returns to normal, we can sand, refinish and restore woods in your home. 

Save natural materials in your home after flooding. Contact SERVPRO of Waterbury for Flood Damage restoration at (203) 757-5050.

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