Reliable Water Damage White Plains Homeowners Trust

Whatever storm, plumbing breakdown, or other emergency caused your hardwood floors to flood, you might be pleasantly surprised to know that professional interventions from AdvantaClean of Westchester, Rockland and Stamford can restore many kinds of water damage in White Plains homes. We provide mitigation and remediation interventions that remove trapped water and absorbed moisture in multiple flooring layers, restoring your treasured hardwood floors.

Signs of Water Damaged Hardwood Floors

Identifying White Plains water damage to hardwood plank or strip flooring can be challenging with an after-the-fact visual inspection. When excess liquid water spreads across a flat expanse of flooring, it drains through the joints between the planks or strips and the baseboards. Watery evidence of the intrusion disappears, but that does not mean the water is gone. Instead, it collects in hidden spots and takes advantage of the porous nature of wood by soaking into the cells of the materials. Removing liquid water and drying damp materials is critical to avoid permanent and secondary mold damage. Fortunately, AdvantaClean of Westchester, Rockland and Stanford's technicians complete the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) courses needed to evaluate water damage, looking for the following signals:

Distorted Materials

Soaked wooden planks and strips can warp due to swelling. You might hear the following terms to describe the problems. 

  • Cupping happens when hardwood strips or planks wick moisture from below (from a wet subfloor, for example). Edges rise along each length and a cup-like dip forms in the middle.

  • Crowning is when the middle of the individual slats push up as the swollen wood pieces press against each other. Water absorbed from the top can cause the problem. It can also be a secondary effect of cupping, occurring when sanding down cupped edges before the wood moisture levels reduce to the appropriate levels. 

  • Buckling is when the wood materials are so damaged and swollen by water absorption that they pull up and away from the fasteners, holding them to a subfloor.  

Moisture Detection

Our technicians use sensitive moisture detection tools to locate wet areas under materials and protective finishes. Infrared imaging is another method that uses temperature fluctuations to outline spaces in building cavities where excess water is pooled or absorbed. After finding the wet materials, we use moisture meters to establish baseline data markers, contrasting them with measurements of similar materials elsewhere unaffected by water damage. We use this information during structural drying to ensure our strategies neither remove too much absorbed water nor leave behind excessive moisture, contributing to the progressive deterioration and secondary issues like mold growth.

Water and Moisture Removed from a Property

Our team first focuses on removing liquids, using pumps when the water is deeper than a couple of inches, completed by running extractors over the floor surface. We know water can hide below the finished hardwood. Technicians attach special mats to the areas where we detect water and moisture. Hoses connect to the mats, allowing negative air pressure (suction) to pull water from several floor layers. Once satisfied that we have extracted all liquid water, we set up structural drying equipment to reduce moisture levels to normal. Drying uses the following to encourage evaporation of absorbed water:

  • Low-profile air movers

  • Heaters

  • Dehumidifiers 

Your White Plains home's long-lasting comfort and integrity require professional water damage mitigation and remediation. Hardwood floors are surprisingly resilient if IICRC-certified crews from AdvantaClean of Westchester, Rockland and Stamford arrive quickly and ready to operate specialized equipment that extracts liquid water and normalizes moisture levels in affected structures, including hardwood floors.   

When your hardwood floors flood, explore your water damage restoration options with the AdvantaClean of Westchester, Rockland and Stamford team. Call (914) 505-6570 for a prompt assessment and immediate implementation of emergency services. 

AdvantaClean of Westchester, Rockland and Stamford

(914) 505-6570

145 Summerfield St, Scarsdale, NY 10583

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