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Four Tips To Help You Get The Demolition Done After A Flood

by Neil Craig

If your home has recently been flooded, you will want to get things cleaned up quickly. Part of the cleanup process may include doing some demolition to remove damaged materials. You may need to remove carpet, drywall or other materials that can absorb water. Here are some tips to help you with the demolition and cleanup of your home after a flood:

1. Deciding Whether Or Not To Save Carpet And Removing It

Carpet in your home will usually be something that needs to be replaced. If the carpet has been damaged by sewer problems, it must be replaced. If the carpet just had water, you may want to remove it and clean it thoroughly and then reinstall it. For disposal, you can cut the carpet in manageable pieces. You will want to try to keep your carpet in complete rolls if you plan on cleaning it and reinstalling it in your home.

2. Removing The Drywall Above Water Lines For Repairs

Removing the drywall in your home may be another task you need to do. Often, you will only need to remove the drywall to the water line. This may only be the bottom portion of the drywall. To remove it, take out the first piece with a sledge hammer. Find the area where there is a joint in the sheet rock and use a knife to scribe the joint on the finished side. This will help remove the drywall without damaging the materials that are going to stay.

3. Demolition Of Wood Materials That Cannot Be Repaired

Wood materials may also need to be replaced when doing repairs. The materials used for things like wall framing can often be dried out and reused. If trim and finish work is damaged, it is best to replace it. This is because it can swell and warp as it dries. The water stains may also bleed through after you do repairs if you choose to reuse these materials. A good rule of thumb is to replace any wood trim or cabinets that have been exposed to water.

4. Removing Building Materials That Can Harbor Moisture And Cause Problems

In addition to wood, flooring and drywall, other building materials like insulation also needs to be removed. You will want to remove any absorbent materials. This may be things like insulation, and can also include sheathing on the exterior of your home. If sheathing needs to be replaced, you will want to have the help of professionals and the advice of a structural engineer.

These are some tips to help you with the demolition and cleanup process after water floods your home. If you need help with repairs and renovations, contact a water damage repair renovation service to get the help you need putting your home back together.