Timber Floor Restoration After Water Damage in Orange NSW

Timber Floor Restoration After Water Damage: A Comprehensive Guide

Water damage is one of the most formidable adversaries of timber flooring. It can quickly turn a beautiful wooden surface into a warped and unrecognizable mess. But, with the right expertise and approach, it’s possible to reverse the devastation and return the timber to its former glory. Let’s delve into the intricate world of Timber Flooring Structural Projects and understand how specialists like McArdles Restoration Services can be your saviour in such trying times.

A Case Study: Timber Floor Restoration at Floyd Road, Shadford NSW

Imagine you’re preparing for the settlement of your property and disaster strikes. An unanticipated burst in the dishwasher’s flexi-pipe water logs a massive 150m2 timber flooring. The situation is dire: cupping and gapping throughout the timber are evident, ranging from 4mm to 6mm. Amidst the turmoil, multiple parties are involved: the purchaser, the seller, and insurance companies.

Works Completed and Timeline:

  1. Heat Drying Phase (3 weeks): The first and perhaps the most crucial Phase involved aggressively heat drying the timber flooring. This intensive drying phase is essential for reversing the cupping caused by waterlogging.
  2. Resting Phase (6 weeks): After the aggressive drying, it’s essential to let the timber rest. This period allows for equilibrium, ensuring the timber’s moisture content stabilizes, and any residual internal stress disperses.
  3. Restoration Phase (4 days): The fundamental transformation occurs. Approximately 1mm of sanding was required to smooth out the inconsistencies. After the sanding, a sealer was applied to offer protection and restore the timber’s aesthetic appeal.

The result? A timber floor that looked as pristine as it once was. The homeowner was ecstatic, and the property sale proceeded without a hitch. The alternative? A staggering estimate of $97,000 for floor replacement. However, with expert intervention, the flooring was revitalized at just a quarter of the replacement cost.

Scope Of Works: Location: Lot 390 Floyd Road, Shadford NSW 2800

Brief Description of Damage: A leaking sink spelled disaster for the wooden floorboards of this property. As a result, significant cupping was evident throughout the premises, with roughly 150m2 of timber flooring suffering water logging. Furthermore, the waterlogged timber flooring was directly laid onto concrete, further complicating the restoration process.

Quotation and Scope Of Works:

  • The drying time is estimated between 2 to 6 weeks, subject to the timber’s responsiveness to heat drying.
  • Equipment charges will apply for the first two weeks of drying. Post this period, only labour/hour charges apply.
  • The objective is to restore the timber floor to a dry standard.
  • Return inspections were planned, amounting to an estimated ten visits, each lasting 3.5 hours.
  • The job required equipment relocation and the positioning of heat drying mats to specific areas demanding structural drying.

Job Notes: The task began with relocating furniture to safe areas, including the garage and unaffected rooms, on 28/09/20. The installation of timber floor drying and heat drying equipment followed this. To ensure a controlled drying environment, containment barriers were installed in the hallway and the pool table room.

Why McArdles is Your Go-to for Timber Restoration:

McArdles Restoration Services is renowned for its expert approach to timber floor restoration, particularly in the face of water damage. With state-of-the-art equipment, experienced personnel, and a proven track record, McArdles ensures that what might appear as a flooring catastrophe can be turned around, saving time and money.

Conclusion: Water damage can be a timber floor’s worst nightmare. But with the right expertise, even severely damaged floors can be brought back to life. The key lies in swift action, technical expertise, and the hands of experienced professionals like those at McArdles Restoration Services. If you’re facing a similar plight with your timber flooring, remember: All is not lost, and help is just a call away.

Before Photos and Progress Restoration Photos

After Photos and Moisture Readings

Here are some services we provide:

McArdles Cleaning & Restoration Technicians are the “face” of our business and more than likely the people you will have the most contact with. All of our technicians are highly trained – not only in the professional services they provide, but also in customer service. We see staff technical training as being a very important aspect of our service and hold frequent training sessions where all of our staff have the opportunity to develop and extend their knowledge.