I will assume you are here because the hardwood floor water damage is done and you want to know what to do about it. So, no time for chit chat,
You've got a floor to dry out!
What follows are the two big NOT TO's and the one big TO DO.
The tools needed to get you to dry are fans and dehumidifiers and heaters.
Nothing dries building materials faster than warm, dry, moving air. And this cannot wait for the claims adjuster.
Whole -house type equipment may be necessary , and in my opinion, is rarely overkill.
If your insurance adjuster doesn't own a moisture meter something is wrong!
Somebody, (even if it's you) needs to determine what dry is for your house before any wood floor repair.
I call this the baseline reading for your home, and every home is different. You are trying to get back to conditions that prevailed
prior to the damage.
Floorwrights are required to carry a moisture meter at all times.
In my experience, most wood floor water damage is plumbing related.
Plumbing can be turned off. That's the beauty of plumbing. SO...
Ideally, we want these detectors and shutoffs in place as insurance.
And what's the best insurance?
It's the insurance you never need!
Inspect your plumbing, and hire a pro, if need be.
Update your plumbing, and hire a pro, if need be.
Purchase safeguards like the
Dishwasher Leak Pan, the indestructible washing machine supply hoses,
and refrigerators WITHOUT a water dispenser in the door or without an ice maker, altogether!