Restore Flood Damaged Floors

How to Check Moisture in Wood

There are multiple reasons why individuals may need to check the moisture level of the wood in their home or for woodworking projects. There may have been flooding, extreme humidity, or the air conditioner may have broken down. Wood that contains an excess amount of moisture is subject to shrinking and warping as it dries, which can affect the structural integrity of a home or custom furnishings.

Moisture Meter

The simplest, fastest and easiest way to test moisture levels in wood is with a moisture meter. There are two types of handheld devices. One has two “pins” on one end that are inserted into the wood. The meter measures the electrical resistance in the wood. Unfortunately, it will leave two small holes in the wood.

There are also pin less meters. They’re typically more expensive, but don’t leave marks in the wood. They have a scanning plate that’s simply pressed against the wood to obtain a reading. Water conducts electricity, so the more moisture in the wood, the greater the reading on the meter, no matter which type is utilized.

Wood absorbs moisture from the air around it. Even a 1 percent variance can cause significant problems, especially for those that install wood flooring or create custom woodworking projects.

Oven Drying

The oldest method of measuring moisture content in wood is by drying it in a specialized oven or kiln, then measuring how much it weighs. Before the invention of modern moisture meters, this was the accepted method for determining water content in lumber and it was highly accurate when performed correctly.

The disadvantage to oven/kiln drying is that it’s time-consuming, renders the wood unusable, and a special oven or kiln is required to perform the testing. It was used to measure moisture in the wood before a structure was built, or a custom woodworking project was launched, to ensure it didn’t exceed an 8 to 25 percent moisture level.

Logs, siding and lumber used to build storage sheds, barns and even boats are often still kiln-dried to ensure the wood won’t shrink or pull apart during the construction process. Posts and beams aren’t usually tested for moisture content prior to construction.

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Is it Possible to Restore Flood Damaged Floors?

In some instances, it may be possible to restore a floor that’s been damaged due to flooding, if the damage has been restricted to a relatively small area. Much will depend on the extensiveness of the flooding and other factors will be taken into account such as the type of flooring and the type of water that caused the damage.

Restore Flood Damaged Floors

Some types of flooring are more prone to damage and will have to be fully replaced, while others may sustain less damage. Ultimately, homeowners may have little input on the decision to repair or replace. The insurance company that issued the homeowners policy will make the decision based on which is more cost-effective for the company.

Water Type

A major factor will be the type of water involved in the flooding. Category 1 (clean water) water poses little threat to humans. It typically originates from leaky or broken pipes, tubs and sinks, or breaks in supply lines that deliver water into the home. Category 2 (gray water) water has been contaminated with biological or chemical elements that can cause discomfort or illness when consumed.

Category 3 (black water) has been contaminated with pollutants that can include bacteria, fungi and viruses, along with chemicals, fertilizers, industrial waste, and even feces. It’s the most dangerous type of floodwater that can affect homes. It presents an extreme danger to people, pets and plants.

The decision to repair or replace will also be based on whether the damage is cosmetic in nature or if it the damage presents a danger to the people that live in the home, if mold has formed, and if the subflooring has been damaged.

There are many elements that go into the decision of whether to replace or repair floors that have been flood damaged. Insurance companies will typically opt for repair whenever possible as the least expensive option for the company. However, floors damaged by certain types of water will necessarily have to be replaced.

Headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida Rapid Restoration is South Florida’s #1 restoration company in the disaster relief industry. With 24/7 emergency services we have provided thousands of clients with emergency restoration services throughout Boca Raton, Palm Beach, Miami Dade, Broward,  and Port St. Lucie Counties. We offer property restoration, mediation and, repair for water damage, mold removal, fire, smoke and biohazard removal services throughout the entire South Florida area.

We are a Licensed Commercial and Residential Emergency Restoration Contractor.

Whether it’s your home or office that’s been affected by water damage, fire, smoke damage, or mold, contact Rapid Restoration Recovery, Inc.

TODAY at: 561-344-5070

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