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Hardwood Floors

Hardwood floors are beautiful, durable, and you have the option of refinishing them if they need to be updated – but what happens when disaster strikes?  Weather in SW Missouri can be unpredictable, and water is the worst enemy of hardwood floors.

The thing with hardwood floors is it absorbs water.  Whether it is a small spill or a flood catastrophe, there are a few things you can do to protect your hardwood floors…the biggest being to dry your hardwood floor and subfloor as quickly as possible!

Things You Can Do To Protect Your Hardwood Floors From Water Damage

  1. Soak up any excess water standing on your hardwood floors. If it is a small spill, usually a cloth will do. However, if it is a big spill or flood, you may want to consider using a water vacuum or hiring restoration specialists who can remove the excess water and speed up the drying process so your wood floors don’t buckle.
  2. Ensure ALL the moisture has been removed from your hardwood floors. The longer your hardwood floors are exposed to water, the more likely your floors will get mold. Mold doesn’t only damage your hardwood floors, but it can seriously affect the air quality of your home.  Be sure to get all the water out of your beautiful hardwoods as soon as possible!
  3. Do NOT try refinishing your floor until there is no moisture. The reason being is many homeowners may think their hardwood floors are dry without knowing for sure, and when they go to refinish the floors it makes the situation worse!  It can take several weeks or months to get your hardwood floors to dry (which is why it is important to hire a professional restoration company in SW Missouri). 
  4. Always check your subfloor for water damage – it isn’t good enough to only check your hardwood floors and then try to refinish them! If you ARE going to refinish your hardwood floors after water damage has occurred, you will want to make sure everything has been efficiently dried.
  5. If your home has a crawlspace, you may want to make sure there is no moisture there.  Again, this can affect your floors in a negative way!

 

Do You Have a Project in SW Missouri?  A Little About Direct Install Flooring Company

We at Direct Install LLC are located in SE Springfield, Mo and service areas such as Nixa, Ozark, Rogersville, Republic, Branson, Strafford and Marshfield in the Ozarks.  While we specialize in flooring products and flooring installation such as vinyl, tile, engineered hardwood, hardwood flooring, carpet and laminate, we pride ourselves on our service, our floor installers and products.  This is why we have an A rating with the BBB.

We strive to provide the best flooring in SW Missouri and beyond.  Whether you are looking for quality flooring contractors, installers or construction management, our services include everything from flooring residential construction projects to custom flooring projects and large commercial flooring installation projects in SW Missouri.  We are passionate about floors, and our passion shows through our work.

If you are interested in receiving a free flooring quote, give us a call at (417) 576-7052 and a representative will get back with you shortly and schedule a meeting.  We look forward to serving you! 

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Flooring, New Home

Food for thought – does all carpet capture and hold smells?


You just bought a new house and everything about it is perfect for you – the location is good, the exterior of your new home is pristine, and then you walk in and get a wave of “colorful” smells which waft into and offends your nostrils.  We’ve seen it all too much.

Perhaps the previous owners had animals, maybe they were smokers or perhaps there was an accident a while back which left a smoky after-smell.  Or, it could be the place smells like dust and mothballs (like my great grandma’s house).  Whatever the case, there is a cure!

Why Does My House Smell Funny

Regardless of the smells, there are several things you can do to can that odor. 

  1. For one, you could repaint your home. Lingering smells are often a result of the paint on the walls – especially if the previous tenants were owners! 

 

  1. Clean your ducts and vents! There is a story about a new tenant buying a home and moving in with her children who are extremely allergic to cats.  A few days before the big move, the new homeowner did her best to clean out the home including cleaning the carpets and putting new paint up.  What she DIDN’T know was there was cat hair and litter circulating throughout the home.  When she moved her five-year-old in she ended up in the hospital a week later because of her daughter’s severe allergy to cats!  Luckily the little girl is alive and well now – after a thorough ventilation cleaning, that is.

 

  1. Hire a carpet cleaning company to come in and take care of the smell. To be completely honest, this sometimes isn’t enough – there have been cases where the previous owners had a carpet restoration service come in only to find the smell was still there!

 

  1. Another option would be to install new floors or carpet in your home (get a free bid by filling out the form here). Especially if you have carpet in your home the smells and odors may have penetrated the mat underneath.  This is why apartment homes often have a lingering smell – the property management companies don’t typically change out the carpet between tenants.  What they do instead is clean the carpets and move onto the next unit.


In short, we at Direct Install LLC, located in SE Springfield, Mo service areas such as Nixa, Ozark, Rogersville, Republic, Branson, Strafford and Marshfield in the Ozarks.  While we specialize in flooring products and installation such as vinyl, tile, engineered hardwood, hardwood flooring, carpet, and laminate, we are also a construction co-op company which has a painting, siding, and roofing divisions.  As such, we manage everything from residential construction projects to custom construction projects, remodels and large commercial construction projects in SW Missouri.  We are a construction management team if you will, and only hire and employ the best contractors in and around Springfield, Missouri.

If you are interested in receiving a free flooring quote, give us a call at (417) 576-7052 and a representative will get back with you shortly and schedule a meeting.  We look forward to serving you!  Where our floor installation is so good, we don’t need a tagline.

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