When water floods your home, finished hardwood floors can be affected. In most cases, within minutes or hours the flooring will show signs of stress. Stress usually manifests itself by “cupping” with the edges of the boards rising to create a “dished” appearance. This damage can be reversed, in most cases, by our skilled technicians applying high vacuum pressure over several days. This is possible by using specialized panels that vacuum the water and moisture from the wood flooring. In many cases, nothing more needs to be done after this, but in some cases the floors can be lightly screened (sanded) and re-coated. In more extreme cases, a full sanding might be required, but it is always better to evaluate and move quickly rather than simply remove wonderful wood flooring.