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Methods to Save Flooring from Water Damage in Los Angeles Homes

3/2/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Knows how to Save Your Floors After a Water Event Strikes

No matter if it is gorgeous hardwood boards, expensive travertine stone tiles or vinyl floor covering, they each have the potential for loss from water damage. 

When SERVPRO techs perform water damage restoration services in Los Angeles homes, it is never a one-size-fits-all task. The techs scope the property and determine not only the size of the water loss but also the materials affected. 

Factors That Affect Restoration Potential

The type of flooring in the home can determine the overall outcome and the restorability factor. Another crucial element is how degraded the water becomes. If a clean water spill in a home begins restoration actions within 24 hours of the original event, it has the best prospects for a positive outcome. 

Hardwood Flooring

This type of floor covering can have restoration possibilities if the extraction and drying process begins rapidly enough after the initial water event. SERVPRO techs can work on floorboards that have warped or cupped using their specialized drying equipment, such as drying mats. 

Laminate, Linoleum, and Vinyl Flooring

This type of floor covering gets installed as large sheets or single tiles. The large sheets fare better against water loss as the individual tiles have a higher chance of delamination after exposure when moisture seeps around the edges of the tile. The techs use pumps, mops, and squeegees to remove water loss quickly. 

Porcelain, Natural Stone or Ceramic Floor Tiles

Unless water breaches the seal on the grout, this type of floor covering has a good chance against water loss. After pulling up as much moisture as possible and drying, the techs often use antimicrobial cleaning agents to discourage mold growth in the grout line. 


When SERVPRO techs work on wet carpet, they have specialized equipment such as weighted extractor heads and stationary stand-on units that both use weight to push water up and out of carpet and padding. Drying techniques such as floating assist with restoring the carpet and saving homeowners the cost of replacement. 

SERVPRO of Highland Park at (323) 255-1001 for any type of water damage cleanup your home needs. The certified technicians bring their advanced equipment and extensive knowledge to make the loss, "Like it never even happened."

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