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Any type of water damage to your home can bring an array of issues and problems. One that needs to be discussed is the drying process. Traditional equipment for drying is designed to dry the air in the affected room(s) and the surfaces of the materials. This means that any water trapped within materials can take much, much longer to dry if the proper steps are not taken.
One major item homeowners need to know when it comes to drying out a space, is that demolition may be required. If water becomes trapped in drywall and insulation and does not show significant drying by day 2, flood cuts will need to be made. A flood cut is when the drywall is cut and removed to allow air to get into the wall cavity. The cut is made 12-18 inches above where the flood damage stopped. Flood cuts allow moisture issues behind the actual wall to be properly dried in the correct timeline, without any further delay. The drying timeline is so important because mold can begin growing within 48 hours. If mold develops, homeowners will run into much larger problems, as mold is often not covered by insurance plans. Make sure you ask your insurance agent questions about your policy to ensure proper coverages are included and stay informed with the process.
All drywall that was cut out will be properly disposed of, as well as all affected insulation. Once the area is completely dry, new insulation and drywall will be installed. When this is done properly you will never see that a cut was ever made in the original wall.
Did you know that newer buildings materials in your home can add a new level of complexity for any drying technician? While these new materials may help keep moisture out with vapor barriers, restoration technicians have a much more complicated task to break down the materials to repair and dry the space when compromised. This will also make your repair bill higher as additional time and materials will be needed to complete proper drying.