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Some water got under our oak hardwood floor and now there is a musty smell. I really don’t want to tear up the floor. Are there any other options?24. February 2017
Answered by Eileen Knox
It depends on what is under the hardwood. Sometimes it’s concrete and if so the only way to dry it is to remove the floor because there is usually a plastic moisture barrier on the concrete. If it is a wood subfloor underneath we can try to dry it with wood floor drying mat systems but there are no guarantees that the hardwood can be saved. The damage becomes more apparent as the wood floor dries. If there is already cupping (where the floor begins to separate or buckle) the floor will need to be replaced.
Answered by RestorationMaster
This is a tough situation because where there is water damage, there is often mold and a musty smell is a common sign of mold growth. It is also understandable that you would want to avoid tearing up an oak hardwood floor. When the water damage occurred, did you call a professional for water damage restoration? If not, this would be a good place to start without tearing up the floor. Water damage restoration professionals use advanced drying equipment and dehumidifiers that can extract moisture that has been absorbed without removing the flooring.
The amount of water that got under the floor and the amount of time that passes between the incident and when the water damage restoration occurs has an impact on the extent of the damage. Excess water spreads rather easily though absorbent building materials and over time it can spread to affect a larger area. The risk of mold growth also increases over time if the water is allowed to spread.
Talk to a water damage restoration professional immediately if you have not already. Tell them how much water got under the floor and how much time has passed. There is a possibility that the musty odor is from the excess moisture and water damage restoration could do the trick. However, you could be dealing with mold growth if too much time passes between the incident and the restoration. If you already had professional water damage restoration services done and the smell is still there, there is a good possibility that the smell is from mold.
In this case, have your home tested for mold before tearing up the floor. A reliable mold removal professional can accurately test homes for mold and this testing can help determine if there is mold growing under your floor. If there is mold under the floor, the last option before removing the flooring would be to find a mold remediation professional that uses non-invasive mold removal methods. This mold remediation professional uses a unique mold removal method that is effective without having to remove flooring or drywall. Unfortunately, very few mold remediation service providers use this type of method.
If there is indeed mold under your hardwood floor, you will most likely have to remove the floor boards to treat the mold. But there is good news. The floor boards of a hardwood floor can be effectively treated and reused if they are not heavily damaged by the mold. Removing the floor boards without damaging them can be difficult which is why you might consider having this done by professionals. They can also help you determine if the floor boards are in good enough condition to be treated and restored.
The important thing to do is to act fast because water and mold growth will continue to spread the more time they are given.
Do you provide “move out” or “move in” cleaning services?from Stacy Naus 27. July 2016
Many of the ServiceMaster businesses listed on RMF that provide residential cleaning services will provide “move in” and “move out” cleaning services. These services are beneficial for several reasons. When moving out, cleaning the home one last time is a courtesy for the people who are moving in next. This is also a great time to thoroughly deep clean the home with all of your stuff packed and out of the way. When moving into a new home, it is wise to have it professionally cleaned so you can start fresh. A professional cleaning will ensure that any dirt or filth left from the previous owners will be gone.
Do you do remodeling services in Omaha?27. July 2016
ServiceMaster Restoration Services of Omaha, NE provides construction services to help rebuild homes and businesses that have been heavily damaged and these construction services include remodeling. However, remodeling is only offered as part of the reconstruction process after a disaster. ServiceMaster Restoration Services does not provide typical remodeling services like a general contractor.
I have water damage due to ice dam. Who can help me? I was told to get a Restoration Company24. July 2015
Ice dams can be a major problem because they can cause water damage within your home as well as property damage outside your home. They are mostly caused by poor insulation in the attic as the warm air from the attic melts ice and snow which then drains into the gutters. The cold temperatures then cause this drainage to freeze again in the gutters, which prevents subsequent ice and snow from draining properly when it melts, thus creating a dam. The result is water damage in your home from the excess water that has nowhere to drain and potential damage to the gutters and eaves of your home from the weight of the ice and snow.
Water damage from ice dams can be a tricky problem because it tends to affect hard to access parts of your home such as an attic or crawlspace and there could be damage to your eaves or roofing as well. Because of this, it is definitely best to hire a restoration professional that specializes in water damage restoration to repair the damage. These professionals can not only remove excess water, but they can also repair the resulting damage.
Here are some tips that can help you prevent ice dams in the future:
- Rake snow off of your roof after a snowfall, it is most effective to rake it down in the direction of the roof’s slope.
- Check your attic for air leaks and make sure they are properly sealed.
- Make sure the insulation and ventilation in your attic are adequate, a professional can help with this step.
- If an ice dam has already formed, carefully chip at it to create channel for extra water to drain.
What would the restoration cost be around for 1000 sqft after a firefire damage - 7. April 2015
Fires are very dangerous disasters and the damage they cause does not stop spreading once the flames are put out. Soot and corrosive byproducts spread damage after the fire is out which makes fire damage restoration extremely important to begin. The cost of fire damage restoration services can vary widely depending on the extent of the damage and the work that needs to be done which can include repair of structural elements, water damage restoration, and deodorization.
According to statistics from HomeAdvisor, the majority of fire damage restoration cases cost between 3,000 and 5,000 dollars while damage that is small in scope can cost under $1,000. These prices best reflect cases with limited damage but the more extensive the damage is within the home, the more expensive fire damage restoration services can be. According to statistics from CostHelper Home and Garden, homes with more extensive damage that may need rebuilding services can cost anywhere from $10,000 to $70,000 and beyond depending on a range of factors such as what specifically was damaged and what restoration services are required.
While the extent of the damage is one indicator of the possible cost for restoration, the amount of individual services needed to complete the restoration is another indicator. The services that may be necessary for fire damage restoration include:
- Water damage
- Soot removal from fabrics and services
- Surface cleaning
- Air duct cleaning
The extent of the damage and the specific services required to restore the damage are the best indicators of the potential cost of the restoration. However, the cost of fire damage restoration for 1000 square feet can differ from house to house depending on how extensive the damage is within that area. Talk to a fire damage restoration professional immediately after a fire as many of them provide free estimates before beginning any work.
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