Repairing Flood Damaged Flooring in St. Petersburg
SERVPRO Restores and Replaces Storm Damaged Floor Materials When Required
Flooding in St. Petersburg costs homeowners millions each year. With all of the water that came in and took so much time to remove, this year may be the most expensive in almost two decades.
For so many homes, repairing St. Petersburg flood damage starts from the ground up. Wood floors, although they can look amazing, trap water; sometimes a lot of it. SERVPRO knows that if the water is not removed quickly, floorboards begin to buckle and warp. Worse, the same water also damages the sub-floor and other supporting structures. Fortunately, we can rebuild it.
First though, we have to tear out the old ones if they cannot be dried and salvaged. Our response team can remove the entire floor, sub-floors and other supports in most homes in just a day or two. They set aside any floorboards and floor trim that look potentially salvageable for later. For the rest, any sign of a buckle or twist and the team disposes of the wood. Depending on the condition of the warping, reinstalling and sanding the cupped joints of hardwood flooring can work.
If we tear out enough of the supports, our team may need to bring in temporary jacks to shore up the wall supports until we replace the floor. SERVPRO personnel are trained to do this with minimal risk to the drywall and the rest of the home.
Before laying in a new sub-floor, we check the foundation pad. If the flooding has shifted it, our technicians or our partners in rebuilding use more massive jacks to lift the concrete and then pack in fill dirt to level everything out again. If the sub-floor is laid directly on dirt, we relevel to prevent incorrect installation of the new supports.
Now, we lay on the new floor. To ensure we do it correctly the first time, every line and gap is checked to make sure the boards fit next to each other snugly and that every end is carefully joined with the next piece. Tongue and groove dovetailing is essential for floor restoration. Team members are trained to install most major brands and to use the sanders and other tools on-hand when a floorboard needs to be shaved down to fit. Once it is installed, we also stain or paint the floor to match the existing paint and furniture.
At SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg we do everything possible to remediate the effects of flood damage and return you and your family to a safe, clean environment. For more information about what we can do for your home, call us today at (727) 522-0000.
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