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Bridgewater Gym Hardwood Flooring Benefits from SERVPRO's Rapid Mitigation Services

1/22/2020 (Permalink)

air mover connected to a clear tube and a poly sheet tenting a hardwood floor SERVPRO's Know-How and Equipment Can Salvage Water Damaged Hardwood Flooring in Commercial Bridgewater Buildings and Centers

Don’t Let Water Damage Cancel the Game in Bridgewater

Water from a flat roof leak or overflowing drinking fountain near the locker room can spread over a gym floor overnight or during a school break, causing you to reconsider a game venue in Bridgewater. Whether the facility is home to an NCAA college team or is a local elementary or middle school, water can cause the resilient hardwood floor of a basketball or volleyball court to warp and buckle. Rapid mitigation and remediation of the harm can get games back on the schedule.

Fast Response
When a gym floor in Bridgewater suffers water damage, trained restoration technicians can halt the damage and get the boards back to game day shape if on the job quickly. Hardwood flooring has a natural resistance to water. When installed as a playing surface, hardwood strips also usually have a durable finish that repels moisture. Speedy extraction can help save the floor from permanent damage.

Trouble Lurks Beneath the Court
Problems crop up if water percolates down to the subfloor. That layer is typically unfinished and made of plywood or particleboard, lower quality, and more porous than the gleaming, polished gym floor. In the case of concrete pads, drying is crucial to a permanent solution. SERVPRO crews are familiar with the wicking action that takes place if the unlying surface is wet. Just because no water is observable in no way means the job is done. Careful moisture detection and measurement using sensitive instruments is crucial, and not in just a couple of places. We test the entire expanse to ensure we account for water migration.

Visible Signs of Underlying Water Issues
If SERVPRO technicians note that strips are distorting, it is likely the subfloor is wet and saturating the bottom of the planks. Typically a wet subfloor causes the hardwood to cup, swelling from below, and pushing both edges of the strip up while the center remains in place but looks concave. The surface is unsafe to use until the moisture equalizes.

How Gym Floors Regain a Sound and Stable Surface
SERVPRO crews carefully scope out the perimeters of the water migration. Measurement of moisture levels in unaffected areas of the gym complex helps determine drying goals. Then we use drying mats attached to extractors to suction out the underlying liquid water. Tenting the moisture-laden expanses with 6-mil polyethylene assist us to direct warm airflow to dry out the layers of wood. Periodic moisture measurements ensure we are neither under nor overdrying the hardwood and its supporting underlayment.
SERVPRO of The Bridgewaters is ready to ensure expected tip-off times when we arrive early to a gym floor water loss. Call us 24/7 at (508) 697-5439 to evaluate the scenario and design a game plan.

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