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When Your House Floods, We Can Help

Posted by: Andrew Snyder on 7/15/2019 12:00 AM

After a flood, most homeowners are worried about getting their house back to looking good. They think more about redecorating the space than restoring damage. But it’s not just a matter of cleaning up the water, re-painting and replacing some carpet. Your first priority should be to make sure that your home is safe.

After a flood, most homeowners are worried about getting their house back to looking good. They think more about redecorating the space than restoring damage. But it’s not just a matter of cleaning up the water, re-painting and replacing some carpet. Your first priority should be to make sure that your home is safe.

  1. Call Your Insurance Company

    Your first call should be to your insurance company. You need to know exactly what you’re covered for. Give them a call as soon as possible.

  2. Hire a Clean Up Company/ Contractor

    Any water in your home needs to be pumped out. All debris and anything that’s saturated must be removed. If there is sewage waste it requires extra precautions and professional help. Not only does Great lakes Labs remodel. We also specialize in disaster restoration as well as clean up.

  3. Hire a Licensed Electrical Contractor

    This is crucial, especially if water rose as high as your electrical panel, outlets and/or switches, or if it got into fixtures and/or appliances. For safety’s sake, you must have your electrical checked by a licensed electrical contractor before turning the power back on.

  4. Hire an HVAC Specialist

    Your heating and cooling system could have been damaged by flood waters, so have it checked by an HVAC specialist, especially if you suspect that water got into heat registers and/or ducts.

  5. Replace Flooring

    All damaged flooring (including laminate, hardwood, carpeting and tiling) should be ripped out, as well as the subfloor if there was damage. Laminate and hardwood floors will absorb water, swell and warp, including their subfloor. All water-damaged carpeting must be removed along with the underpad, especially if there is any natural fiber in it. If the carpet is made of synthetic material it can’t serve as a food source for mold, but the subfloor is going to be wood or OSB (oriented strand board, which is a composite wood product) and it’s likely that it will be soaked through. Even if you have tile, which doesn’t absorb water, the wood substrate will never completely dry out with tile over top of it. Any wet wood or OSB will lead to mold. Get rid of it.

  6. Evaluate Your Walls

    Most walls are made of wood studs and drywall. Both will grow mold if there's moisture. Your contractor will need to open up your walls so the studs can dry out. You should also have your drywall and insulation inspected for internal damage. As a bare minimum your contractor should remove at least 1 foot of drywall above the water line, all the way down to the floor—the more the better. If they don’t, you will get mold and mildew. Saturated batt insulation isn’t effective because it will compress and the air space gets full of water. Plus, the insulation will never completely dry out, which will keep moisture in your walls forever. That can lead to poor air quality, mold and mildew and further damage to your home’s structure from rot.

  7. Let the Wall Cavity Dry Out

    After your contractor has removed all the drywall and insulation, leave it open so that the wall cavity can dry out completely. This can take weeks. A wood stud that’s dry to the touch can still be wet in the middle. Your contractor should be using a moisture meter to know if the percentage of moisture is safe to start rebuilding.

  8. Get an Air Test

    Way too many families don’t do an air test inside their home. After a flood, you must test the air quality of your home to confirm it matches outdoor conditions. If not, get out.

  9. Tear Out the Basement

    Depending on the amount of damage, unfortunately, your best bet might be to tear out the entire basement, right down to the foundation walls and start over. That way it can be rebuilt the right way using mold-resistant drywall and insulation products that also help create a proper thermal break. This may be the most money/time consuming option, but we will do our best to make this troubling process as easy as possible for you and your family. If you have had recent water damage in your home, call us today and ask how we can help. We can help take care of the water damage and the remodel.

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