How to Dry Hardwood Floors After a Flood

Water damage can leave your precious hardwood flooring cupped, buckled, and ruined. There are three most common methods for drying wood floors. For quicker and more effective results, all techniques described below can be combined and used simultaneously. While drying hardwood floors, it’s important to constantly monitor the process to prevent overdrying. Note, that your floor will need refinishing afterward.


Method One: Panel System

AAA Flood Drying widely implements the method of panel systems. The panels are taped to the floor with the special preservation tape and are connected to a dehumidifier. Then, we frequently monitor moisture content by using a penetrating meter with a hammer probe.

Method Two: Heat Drying System

The main principle of work remains similar to the previous method. The wet areas of hardwood floor are being covered with heavy-duty poly sheeting and are lightly taped to prevent excessive flapping. Then, the heat is being ducted into the containment area. Devices such as hammer probe and infrared thermometer are essential to monitor moisture content and floor temperature.


Method Three: Desiccant Dehumidifier

Similarly to as described in the previous method, poly is placed to cover wet areas of the flooring. The air from the dehumidifier is being ducted into the containment area as well as outside the structure to allow the air circulate. Side hammer and thermal imaging camera will be needed to check the levels of moisture and material temperature.


If you need a hand with drying a buckled and cupped hardwood flooring, that had suffered a water damage, contact AAA Flood Drying or call 24/7 (978) 392-1895!