How to Handle Wet Drywall Post Flood

Revised from June 26, 2017

Waters levels in Grand Forks have dropped, and homeowners are heading home.  Many homeowners are left with wet drywall.  While drywall is pretty sturdy, when exposed to water it can become soft and weak.  If only a few inches were effected by water you my be lucky enough to save most of it.

infrared moisture in wallWater Damage RestorationCheck for moisture using a moisture meter, an infrared moisture detection camera, or tap holes to check for wetness.  It is also critical to check studs and insulation for moisture.  Leaving wood or insulation wet can create the perfect environment for mould to grow.  Insulation looses it’s R-value when wet, and is more of a potential liability than anything else in this condition.  You will need to cut about 2 inches above the water marks to make sure you have all damp drywall removed.

Even though it may sound like an easy task to handle there are hidden dangers like mould and asbestos in the drywall.  Your best option is to call Stutters Disaster Kleenup, and allow us to dispatch our professionals to evaluate the situation.  We will check for moisture using our infrared detection camera and examine all material for mould.  Improper removal of mouldy drywall can cause spores to be spread throughout the entire home leading to more cleaning.  Another important factor to consider is if your home was built prior to 1990, an asbestos test must be done on the drywall mud before it is disturbed.  Asbestos fibres is something NOBODY wants floating around in their home.  You will want to be especially mindful of your home’s indoor air quality and Stutters Disaster Kleenup will make sure all is done correctly to protect your family.

Stutters Disaster Kleenup is here to serve you.  We are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  We can be reached at 1-877-763-1540.

Related Services:

Water Damage Restoration

Infrared Moisture Detection

Mould Remediation

Asbestos Abatement & Removal

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