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Fixing Your Floors with Storm Damage Cleanup in Hackettstown, NJ

June 27th, 2018 · No Comments

Storms are often accompanied by heavy rainfall which can result in considerable water damage to homes in Hackettstown, NJ and across northern New Jersey. If you experience storm damage or flooding in your home, don’t leave anything to chance. Contact the storm damage cleanup pros at ServiceMaster Metropolitan. By contacting trusted professionals, you can rest assured that your home will be successfully restored.

Your floors in particular are vulnerable to serious storm damage. Today, we’re going to talk about how our storm damage cleanup professionals can save your floors after a storm.

Gapping in Wood Floors

If your wood floors have experienced water damage, our technicians will first take a moisture reading to analyze the amount of moisture the wood has absorbed.

If the moisture content of the wood floor has increased by 10%, it will experience swelling, pushing the shouldering boards. This will result in large gaps when the floor dries out.

When the swelling is severe, it may not be possible to repair your wood floors. Instead, we will remove and replace the flooring as part of our storm damage cleanup.

Subfloors and the Issue of Noise

Commodity-grade oriented strand board (OSB) subfloors are used in many homes. When they become wet from flooding, OSB subfloors can’t retain the fastener, even after they are dried.

OSB panels are typically 0.705” thick, but after water damage they absorb moisture and swell. This will result in their fastener retention and fiber density being compromised.

After the OSB panels dry, the floor fasteners become loose, and the floor experiences vertical deflection, resulting in noise-related concerns.

Our experienced technicians perform a field test to check whether it will be necessary to replace the OSB panels or not.

This test involves inserting an ice pick into the panel. If the ice pick penetrates the panel by ¼” to ½”, it means the OSB panel has lost its fastener retention ability and requires replacement.

Loose Fastening and the Noisy Floor or Sub-Floor

After water damage there will be loose flooring and the consequent problem of noise if the original floor fastener surpassed spacing recommendations provided by floor manufacturer.

For instance, fastener spacing for plank floors that are 3″ and above should be between 6 to 8 inches. If the spacing is nearly 12” it will be out of specification. In such situations the floor will probably create noise when it reaches original moisture content.

To ensure your home recovers from storm damage, contact the storm damage cleanup professionals at ServiceMaster Metropolitan. We have the experience and tools to restore your home to its pre-loss condition quickly and effectively.

If your Hackettstown, NJ home experiences storm damage, contact us as soon as possible at (855) 560-7999.

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