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Old 08-30-2011, 09:33 PM   #1
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I got hit by hurricane Irene and my whole first floor got 8" of water, lots of damage. But my main concerns is the sheet rock. The water was in the house for about 4 or 5 hours. I want to know if I should change the bottom half of the sheet rock. It looks fine right now, I was told to spray it with bleach and that supposed to delay the mold. I hate dealing with contractors...can anyone help....Or by the way I do have flood insurance, but I just realize that my deductible is $5,000 dollars and the damage only reaches about $4,000. So should I change the sheet rock?


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Old 08-30-2011, 11:25 PM   #2
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I've helped folks with no insurance on things like this. The drywall was in good shape so we took the baseboards off so it could dry the inside of the wall out, put in fans to help it dry,replaced the base, primed with Kilz on the effected areas and the owners have experienced zero issues. Best of luck.


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Old 08-31-2011, 04:29 AM   #3
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You need to remove the base boards---knock holes for ventilation and then get fans and dehumidifiers going. Big ones.

If the insulation is soaked then it is best to remove the bottom two feet of drywall and pull the insulation and do the fans.
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whats already been said......you need to get access somewhere to see inside the walls.......See how much water was absorbed......the last thing you want to do is leave moisture in the walls and then hide that issue with something like kilz.....if you can't 100% dry it, rip it out. was the 4000 with you doing it? Just saying because if you start ripping out walls who knows what you will find.... A friend had a similar situation and once the walls came out the whole basment had to brought to code including the electric......14 k later....

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Old 08-31-2011, 08:40 PM   #5
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I'm dealing right now with a situation where my refrigerator "ice-maker" sprang a leak (the plastic tubing going to the ice-maker rotted out) and soaked the wall and water spread to the carpet in the dining room. (that's how we found out we had a leak,the carpet was damp). I have been drying things out by pulling out the "fridge",cutting a hole in the floor,pulling back the carpet (it was soaked underneath) and putting a BIG fan in there. sounds like you ought to do this.

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When I was working for a flood restoration company, we would always cut the drywall 2 feet up, dry it all out and re-insulate and replace drywall. That's what I would be tempted to do; cut it out 2' up from the floor.

I guess I pretty much think that once drywall is soaked thoroughly, time to replace it; as well as make sure the wall cavity is dry. 8'' for 4-5 hours I would have a hard time leaving that drywall in place, I would think it would need replacing as well as insulation replaced, wall dried out. Get some big fans as mentioned; you shouldn't have to take the whole wall apart, just 2' or so off the floor, as others have already stated.

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Remove the base molding and the bottom 12" of sheetrock(or 6" above the wet spot) in all the wet areas.
Remove the wet insulation.
Put fans and/or a dehumidifier in the space and dry it out completely.
When it's dry, rebuild the wall.
You need to expose the inside of the wall to make sure it's completely dry.


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