Installation of Drying Equipment on Timber Floor
Panels used to suck moisture out of timber floor
#How We Dry Timber Floors
First we need to make sure that the floor is actually recoverable. There are many situations where we will not be able to recover the floor such. Many laminate and engineered wood floors cannot be recovered because they have have a cushion underneath it or plastic sheeting which lock in the water. There are exceptions to this and as seen in our case studies, it can be done! But only an expert company with experience should approach this.
Generally the types of floors which we can restore from water damage are solid wood floor nailed to a plywood subfloor. Even if the floor is cupped, we can install a suction system on the panels to suck the moisture out of it and dry it. After the process is done, the timber can be sanded for an acceptable finish.
The first step is to determine whether the wood floor is recoverable. In this case, it is beyond repair.
Gentle air-movement with a dehumidifier with a fan helps release humidity from the wood floor.
#How We do Wet Timber Floor Drying
- First we inspect to see the timber floor is recoverable
- Depending on the contamination we will conduct an antimicrobial treatment
- Extract any excess water with truck mount or portable extractor. We do this by installing floor panels on the floor to extract the moisture out of the floor - see video below.
- Install drying equipment to dry walls. We may use injection drying or heat drying
- Install a vacuum system such as the Injectidry to draw moisture from underneath and in the floor. We use the same vac panels which we use in step 3.
- We tent the area with plastic and ventilate hot outflow air from the dehumidifier underneath the tenting
- We monitor the environment every day taking moisture levels at specific test points to ensure we are achieving our drying goals
- Once the area is dry, the floor will need to be sanded and re seale
Sometimes tenting with hot dry air from the dehumidifier outflow is enough for drying down timber floors.
Using Heated air with heat mats to blow low pressure air on a timber floor hallway.
Using a moisture meter to pin in between the timber floor panels to check moisture levels.