Drying Walls After Water Damage

When it comes to restoring a home or business after water damage, we are looking at both the visible, and the hard to see damage, like the inner structures. Water can seep into hidden areas of your home, and cause a lot of damage before the issue becomes visible. Almost everything that comes in the path of water will require restoration services. For example, water can ruin carpet and flooring, as well as any furniture or appliances that make contact, including the walls. When water damage is not remediated in a timely manner, you are now facing issues with mold, which has its own health risks.

The interior walls of your home are not meant to come in contact with water. If you experience burst water pipes, water in your basement, a roof leak, etc., water is more than likely going to come in contact with the drywall. which is like a sponge. The Framing also absorbs and allows water to travel upward above the visible water line. When water damages your drywall, it needs to be replaced. After removing the drywall, this allows airflow to help the wall cavity and materials a chance to dry out.
There are a variety of wall types we deal with, and each technique and tools used may differ. Overall, the process and the goal is the same.

We start by opening the wall as soon as possible. we want to start the drying process right away, so we can start the restoration process in a timely manner. If we delayed opening the walls, the water will continue to spread and cause more damage.

We will remove all wet insulation. Insulation is also like a sponge and will hold the water against structural pieces within the walls. Just like drywall, insulation will need to be discarded. The material is not salvageable.

We will remove all affected wallboards, as they are not salvageable. You may notice your wallboards appear to be thicker, or swollen. That is because water is wicked up, and then travels upward toward the ceiling. For this reason, we cut the wallboard approximately 2 feet above the waterline, to ensure we remove all damaged material.

If cabinets are impacted by the water damage, we assess the damage to see what if they are salvageable. We do this by using our moisture meter or thermal camera. We may need to drill holes in the cabinets to get airflow throughout, which will be repaired after restoration services.
We understand that as a property owner, you want the issue fixed in a hurry. However, if you want the job done right, it does take time. At Crew, we want to make sure all walls, cabinets and hard to reach areas are completely dried out, before finishing up the restoration process. The last thing you would want is mold growth and structural issues as a result of rushing the process.

When working with a professional restoration company, like Crew Construction and Restoration, you know you are in good hands. We will walk you through the process, work with your insurance company, and handle the remediation and restoration process from start to finish. Call Crew Construction for all of your restoration needs.

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