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Restoring Flood Damaged Sheetrock or Drywall

9/29/2016 (Permalink)

Not All Wall Material Can Be Restored After Flooding in Oakville

Wall Materials Can Be Dried to Limit Flood Damage

Rising flood waters are a constant concern, but especially at this time of year. Although carpet damage is probably the most common type of loss, the damage to walls also tends to plague homeowners.

Oakville flood damage may be a regular news story, but it's never a routine problem for someone whose home is under the waters of the Missouri River. Simple wood paneling can usually be removed and allowed to dry if it is pulled down quickly. The primary concern here is to sheetrock damage. SERVPRO has the expertise and training to assist homeowners in restoring their homes and their lives back to normal.

Sheetrock can be removed and replaced, but the drying time can be from five to seven days for only a single layer. This length of time can make the cost of drying almost as expensive as purchasing new panels. If there are a large number of sheets and the homeowner doesn't want to wait that long before putting her home back to its original state, then that may be a consideration as well.

Two layers of sheetrock can take anywhere from ten to fourteen days. It is at this point many homeowners (and insurance companies) decide to trash the damaged sheetrock and purchase new. Additionally, sheetrock is very fragile when it becomes wet. If the person handling the piece in question isn't careful, it can crumble in their hands. Regardless of the number of layers or panels involved, if a homeowner wants to restore damaged sheetrock, our technicians from SERVPRO use specialized heaters and air movers to dry them and a penetrating moisture tester to monitor the process.

One of the items that can interfere with the drying process is the wallpaper itself; especially if it is vinyl. The material serves as a vapor barrier that blocks normal water transfer, inhibiting evaporation. Since wallpaper cannot be removed from wet sheetrock, the only way to dry it is to leave the sheetrock in place and try to place air movers and dehumidifiers behind it. Our technicians will also remove floor molding and drill holes into the wall behind it to accelerate the process.

Restoring your home can be an extensive and expensive process. SERVPRO of Oakville / Mehlville is here not just to put your home back together, but to ensure that you can get your life back together as well. If you need or suspect that you may need our services, call us today at (314) 846-0600 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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