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What To Do About Wet Wood Flooring After a Pipe Burst

12/4/2019 (Permalink)

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Tips for Taking Proper Care of Wet Wood Flooring

A pipe burst can lead to many serious forms of damage. If you’ve noticed that the wood flooring in your Mount Vernon, GA, business is wet as a result of a burst pipe, make sure you call a professional immediately. In the meantime, it’s important to do what you can to mitigate as much water damage as possible. Here are some tips for taking proper care of wet wood flooring.

Clear the Floor

Before you start cleaning up the excess water, be sure to remove any items that are still on the floor. Leaving objects on your wet floor can cause them to become severely damaged. Some examples of objects that you should remove are

  • Furniture
  • Rugs
  • Upholstery
  • Cushions

Items that are already soaked will continue to allow water to seep into the wood floor. Remove loose objects right away to prevent further damage from taking place.

Remove Excess Water

While you’re waiting for professional services to arrive, it’s a good idea to remove any excess water from your floors before it continues to spread. You can use a clean rag, mop or towel to clean up small puddles. If the pipe burst caused more widespread damage, use a wet vacuum to remove larger areas of excess water. By taking this step, you can stop additional damage from taking place.

Use a Dehumidifier

A dehumidifier can help to dry any excess water that is left on your wood floor. Simply run the dehumidifier at its highest setting and keep it running for at least 24 hours to safely remove all traces of moisture. If you still notice signs of water after running the unit, turn on some fans and point them towards the wet areas to dry them completely.
Mitigating further water damage after a pipe burst is only the first step in the process of restoring your business. To safely bring it back to its original state, call a professional restoration company as soon as you can.

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