How Water Damage Impacts Your House
Major flooding at your home in Bountiful, UT, leaves you wondering if your house is a total loss. Luckily, most building materials eventually dry out and are salvageable. However, some are not. From swelling wood to soaking drywall, learn what can be saved and what must go.
Wood and Wood Composite
Many items in your home are made from real wood or a composite, some can be restored and others cannot:
Wood composite material is porous and absorbs water. The swelling wood is compromised and needs removed.
Solid wood usually dries out, returns to its original shape and remains structurally sound. The drying process needs to begin within the first 48 hours, however, so mold does not set in.
As long as it is not warped, real wood flooring is likely salvageable. It may need to be removed for a short time to dry the subfloor.
Drywall and Insulation
When water damages a home, drywall and insulation absorb the moisture and take a long time to dry. The following factors impact whether or not the materials can be saved:
The length of time between when water damage occurs and the drying process begins is crucial. In order to save the drywall, complete the water pipe repair and begin the drying process within 48 hours at most. Otherwise, there is a chance for mold to grow.
When water damage comes from a clean water source, such as a water supply line, there is a chance of saving the drywall. When contaminated water, such as from sewage, floods your home the affected areas need removed for health reasons.
Discard and replace drywall if there is evidence that it is bulging, disintegrating, sagging or exhibiting any signs of mold.
Saturated insulation needs to be replaced, unless it is water resistant closed-cell foam.
The key to saving more materials at your home in Bountiful, UT, is to immediately begin the drying process. Work with a water restoration specialist as soon as you notice swelling wood, or other signs of water damage.