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Take Care of Flood Damage With a Flood Cut

7/25/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding can cause major problems in basements and other areas of the home. When excess water is not taken care of immediately, in as little as 24 hours, you may be dealing with mold contamination and structural damage. Depending on flood severity, one of the best ways to prevent mold growth from a recent storm or sewage backup in Indiana, PA, is to ask a restoration company to do a flood cut.

When Is a Flood Cut Necessary?

Whether a flood cut is needed or not depends on the extent of the damage and what type of flooding has occurred. Here are three types of water explained to help you decide when it’s time to call a restoration company.

• Potable Water: Generally clean; from sink faucets, shower heads, broken toilet tanks, snowmelt or rain. This water is often the least damaging when taken care of quickly.
• Gray Water: Slightly health-hazardous; contains chemicals from washing machines, dishwashers, shower and sink drains. This type of damage may be more serious and require a flood cut.
• Black Water: Very hazardous; includes dishwasher water and sewage. This water contains various bacteria and diseases that should be avoided. More serious action such as a flood cut will likely be needed to protect the health of household members.

What Is a Flood Cut?

Building materials are very porous, allowing water to seep into the walls, soak through drywall, and leach into insulation (if present). A flood cut involves cutting and tearing out the drywall of any walls affected in a flood, at least 12 inches above the flood line, to ensure complete damage repair.

It’s even more imperative with insulated walls to tear out and replace these materials, because once insulation becomes wet, its insulating ability decreases dramatically. If the wall isn’t insulated, less invasive techniques are available that can dry everything out just fine.

Regardless of the type of flooding your home experienced, it’s often best to have a professional inspect and make recommendations to decide whether a flood cut will be needed. In no time your home can be free of damage and contamination and back to normal!

For more information, please visit us at http://www.SERVPROindianacounty.com.

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