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Kitchen flooding can be complex as there are many things to consider when drying materials in this area of your home. Kitchens and their many fixtures tend to hide the moisture and without the proper detection tools it may go unnoticed until the damage becomes so severe that it can no longer be ignored.
➢ At Water Damage Inc., we utilize the latest in water damage identification, measurement and drying technologies to handle any of your water emergency needs.
➢ Tools such as infrared cameras, moisture meters and hammer probes are a few of the tools to help detect hidden moisture when your kitchen floods.
Some of the things to consider when your kitchen floods are as follows:
Type of Flooring
Different types of flooring can require different drying approaches to properly mitigate the damage. Wood floors, if addressed quickly after the damage first occurs from a clean water source, can sometimes be dried in place with the use of a floor mat system and directed heat.
If the loss has sat wet for some time however, you should consider removing the wood planks as mold may have begun to form on the underside of the flooring as well as on the surface of the wood subfloor. Often the wood planks may warp beyond saving and the floors should be removed and replaced in these situations as well. Vinyl, ceramic and laminate floors typically need to be removed if over a wood subfloor as these types of surfaces cannot usually be dried quickly enough to guarantee that mold has not begun to develop on the subfloor beneath. Even if placed on a concrete slab, laminate flooring will typically need to come out as the tongue and groove channels usually cannot be adequately dried and will tend to develop mold in these areas of the flooring after a water damage.
Knowing the direction of the water flow is also extremely important during a kitchen flood. Water can flow beneath cabinets and behind appliances and may be hidden from the naked eye. In these situations, the drywall behind the cabinets can also become affected contributing further to the complexity of properly drying the affected materials.
You can remove the toe kick to check beneath the cabinets and depending on whether the flooring runs beneath, detaching of the counters and cabinets may be required. If the flooring does not run beneath the cabinets and the drywall behind the cabinets is not affected, then sometimes just removing the toe kick and getting air movement on the affected subfloor beneath the cabinets is adequate.
Source of the Water
Source of the water: Often, water damage to a kitchen occurs from slow leaks that go undetected until the flooring starts to show damage. A slow leak in the dishwasher while it runs or in the supply line to your sink or refrigerator can go unnoticed for months, sometimes years. This can cause serious damage to the surrounding building materials and the walls, cabinets, floor and subfloor surrounding the leak should be inspected thoroughly for mold and wood rot. If mold is found, then the proper remediation methods should be employed to protect the health of the occupants as well as the value of your home.
If you have water damage to your kitchen or suspect that you may have a slow leak occurring in your home give us a call and we can come and thoroughly inspect the area for you. We have the tools to find the hidden moisture and the experience to properly address any water damage to your property.
There are no fees or obligations with our inspections and we will provide you with a written estimate to properly mitigate any damage we find.