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Flood Damage can Involve Ocean Water and Damage Wood Floors in Your Forest Hills Residence
After a heavy storm that sweeps ocean water into the Forest Hills area, the type of water might seem unimportant at first. However, SERVPRO wants homeowners to understand that wood can suffer damage in its interior. Such wood includes flooring that might seem to dry out beautifully. However, the salt content can cause a process called delignification to occur.
Delignification of wooden structures happens in homes in Forest Hills when flood damage comes from saline-rich sources. Lignin helps hold the basic structures in wood together and without it, the wood deteriorates and falls apart. SERVPRO responds to this by flushing wood floors with fresh water. At first, this only dilutes the salt content. However, just like it worked to remove the salt from our subway system after Hurricane Sandy, flushing with fresh water can protect a wooden floor, and other wooden items, from unnecessary damage. We check with diagnostic materials to ensure that as soon as the saline content reaches normal amounts, we begin the drying process.
We can use the same technique to save the framework of your house, as well. While flood damage saturates softer materials like plaster and drywall, destroying it beyond repair, the wood within those walls can often be saved. We need to begin this as soon as possible. Delignification is irreversible. Once it takes place, there is no means to restore the wood's composition to normal again.
We can remove and box up wooden items like furniture legs and other objects, packing them up as we inventory them. Once taken to our facility, they can soak in a water bath where the salt washes away. We carefully monitor this to avoid warping and discoloration, although re-staining is always an option. Our building department is skilled in furniture restoration, as well as other aspects involved in reconstruction.
These items, and everything else in your flooded home in Rego Park, Kew Gardens, or Glendale, require disinfecting and removal of debris, as well. We can help with all stages of flood damage recovery. Call us, SERVPRO of Forest Hills / Ridgewood, at our 24-hour services line, (718) 381-3702, year-round. We're Always Faster To Any Size Disaster.
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