Bathrooms, Kitchens, and Basements

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Flood Clean-up and Restoration

Tips on flood clean up:

-Before entering the flooded area ascertain any health dangers such as electrocution and explosion from gas leaks. If there is a question contact city or utility inspectors.

-Contact FEMA and your insurance company in order to determine what if any damage claims or financial assistance available to you.

-If your basement is filled with water, it should be emptied in stages to prevent pressure from the water trapped against the exterior foundation from collapsing in the walls.

-Remove as much personal property from the area as possible especially that which you plan to salvage. Professional cleaners do not want to decide what is to be saved or tossed.

-Contact a licensed and insured contractor with experience dealing with flood clean up. It is important to look for pre-established, local business with verifiable references. There are plenty of out-of town opportunists and con-artist who disappear after collecting a down payment or perform poor work. The contractor may charge by the square foot or by the hour.

-Once the basement is cleared out, the carpet and pad is cut up and placed on the curb (if allowed by town clean up procedure). If under water for long asphalt tile and vinyl flooring will most likely have come unglued. Older stuff contains asbestos. Drywall and insulation must be removed one foot above water. Wood paneling must also be removed if placed over drywall or waterlogged insulation. Proper removal of drywall reduces the cost to repair the wall later. If there has been sewer back up, everything below the waterline (bathtubs, bars, cabinets etc.) must be torn out to abate mold and the smell. Waterlogged outlets, circuit boxes, furnaces, and hot-water heaters all require professional replacement.

-After the damaged wall and floor material has been removed, it may be necessary to have the exposed floors and walls pressure washed to clean off silt and sewage residue. The procedure involves several steps of rinsing and washing with soap and chlorine to abate mold growth.

-Before remodeling can take place, the basement must be sufficiently dry. This is achieved by running a combination of fans and dehumidifiers for up to several weeks depending upon conditions and the weather. You might rent these from rental centers or clean-up companies for $30-50/day/unit. Unless you require a lot of equipment, however, you’re better off purchasing a dehumidifier and some large fans yourself. You need to keep drying the area until the moisture content of the studs falls to 14% or below. Contractors and inspectors have a meter to test this. It may be necessary in your area to have the local building inspector verify the moisture level before beginning remodeling.

-Contact Thompson Custom Remodeling (701.412.3631) for assistance in flood clean up and repair.

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