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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

Drying wood floors

A local college called after their wood floors of their dance studio was affected by water. The water had soaked into the wood causing cupping as you can see in the photo attached. “Cupping” happens when the bottom of the wood flooring remains more wet than the top surface. To dry, we used two different methods consisting of drying mats and tenting. Drying mats are attached to machines that use negative air pressure to remove moisture out of the wood floor. This step extracts water even out of the bottom. The second step was to add plastic over the mats and create a drying chamber with hot dehumidified airflow. This step is the most important because by increasing the heat of the wood it increases the vapor pressure of the wood, allowing the floor to dry. If tenting were not done, the floor wouldn’t have dried.