What can I do to speed up the drying process?
We recommend clipping one or more 150-watt trouble lights to the floor joists beneath the damaged area as a safe method drying a subfloor. This recommendation assumes that you have unfinished access beneath your floor. Space heaters can be used to cure moisture out of a structure but care must be taken to avoid overheating and causing a fire hazard. Dehumidifiers can also be rented to dry moisture out of the home. Generally heat & airflow on the damaged area and air exchange in the home are required for the moisture to cure from the damage area. Crawl spaces can cause considerable delays in this drying process, as evaporation up into the home will continue to add moisture to the subfloor and the hardwood floor. Ventilation of the crawl space is absolutely necessary for the curing of the water damage flooring when flooding of the crawl space has occurred.