Water damaged timber floors can be restored providing:-
- Client removes excess moisture over the top of the timber floor ASAP
- You contact a restorer ideally within several hours after the incident
- Your selected Restorer has the skills and knowledge to dry your timber floor and further understands the importance of a fast response.
Call Moisture Control Services (MCS) as we have the equipment and expertise to save your timber floor and at times where no further restoration is required (e.g. sanding and sealing).
What happens when timber floors are not dried?
When timber absorbs moisture, it will swell which exerts increased pressure over the affected floor between each plank. Consequently the timber floor will push up at the joins which is known as “cupping”. To remedy the problem, the moisture needs to be removed from the timber planks allowing them to re-settle back to their original condition.
Classic case of 'cupping' in a wooden floorboards
Moisture Control Services uses the Drymatic heat drying method to restore timber floors. In summary the Drymatic Boost Box is coupled to an Air Mover and attached to the Drymatic Floor System (heat mats).
Using the built-in intelligence of the Drymatic Boost Box allows MCS the ability to set a ‘dry’ reference sample, and the Boost Box will monitor the material being dried until you have reached your drying goal. The Drymatic Boost will also directly control the power supply to air mover. Once the drying goal is reached, Drymatic Boost Box will power down both itself and the air mover making for a more economic drying system.
The heat mats are designed to be attached to the boost box so as to target controlled heat onto the affected floors in order to maximise evaporation with no detrimental effect to the floor itself. The technology is heating up the mat(s) changing the surface tension of the floor and by breaking the barrier with warm micro jets located under the mat which releases the moisture. The use of specialised moisture meters are used to determine when the floors are back within their normal moisture level (8-12%).
Timber floors can be successfully restored with this system in substantially reduced timeframe as compared to the traditional system (e.g. air movers and dehumidification). Heat mats come in different sizes allowing MCS to adequately cover the affected area.
If a concrete floor is located under the timber floor, it should also be moisture tested in accordance with International Standard ASTM F2170-09 (Standard Test Method for determining relative humidity in concrete floor slabs) and AS 1884 - 2012 so as to ensure moisture does not leach upwards to the surface which can then result in wood rot and mould germination underneath your timber floor.