What Is Flood Restoration
We at Oakbridge Waterproofing do flood restoration in basements, caused by leaking foundation walls, with water running on the floor, and ruining floors and finished basement walls. When a finished basement covers the foundation, a leak cannot be detected in time to do an early repair. Some people fear that a waterproofing guy will come in and ruin their basement. That they will tear the drywall out and leave it lying all over the place. Or they will sledgehammer big holes in the walls while searching for the leaks. We at Oakbridge Waterproofing Flood Restoration take a softer flood restoration approach. How we do it is covered in another section.
Why Is Flood Restoration Needed
If the basement has been leaking from the foundation behind the drywall, everything in front of the leak can be contaminated and destroyed by mold. Mold eats wood and uses water and moisture to grow and increase its territory. Mold is very happy in a basement, especially if the heating vents are shut off to save energy, and if there’s no cold air return on the furnace for the basement, and especially if there is no dehumidifier running when furnace is off. The furnace does use some moisturized air to conduct combustion and shoves that up the chimney. That is not enough though, to reduce the humidity in a basement by much. Mold likes the dark areas behind walls best. That includes the two by fours or furring strips, and the back of the drywall, and the inside of the molding at the bottom of the wall. If there is enough moisture to run onto the floor, mold will definitely go after the carpet tacking and the pad, which are both organic. The carpet itself is usually made out of mold-resistant plastic. Unfortunately the carpet comes in contact with these moldy things, and is a huge mold absorber. If this happens, you need flood restoration
How Does Flood Restoration Get Started
Many basements these days are quite a bit different than they used to be. A lot of money is being spent to finish basements in luxury cabinetry and material. The homeowner may not be considering what would happen if a flood broke out behind the walls. In the event of a leak, the first thing some waterproofers may do is to remove the bottom half of the drywall, and the insulation and base molding. We at Oakbridge Waterproofing first determine how damaged the walls and floor are before we do all that demolition. If there are just a few rod holes leaking, we can just fix the holes without demolishing the whole wall. An experienced flood restoration person can usually tell how bad the water damage is without tearing the whole thing apart, simply by making a few holes in the wall or pulling off a piece of base molding. If in flood restoration, we do find that mold contamination is pretty bad, we would suggest demolishing the bottom half of all the walls affected. Sometimes the two by fours have been eaten by the mold bad enough that they don’t actually exist anymore near the bottom. We’ve seen this several times. Obviously, if your two by fours have been weakened by mold, your flood restoration job will be more extensive than a couple of leaking rod holes. Extensive mold damage removal needs a safe and filtered environment for the workers and family upstairs. Sometimes temporary sump pumps have to be put in. The workers have to work with their safety suits on and with their fully rated mold-proof respirators. The use of negative air filters is also required. This definitely slows down demolition, but if there is extensive mold contamination, health and safety of everyone is paramount.
Flood Restoration Consists Of Repairing Damage
Part of flood restoration is to treat all the walls and floors with a reliable mold killing solution. That would be the walls, the floors, and the furniture, especially if the furniture has been sitting in the water for a long time. Wet walls would have to be rebuilt, and anything against those walls would have to be removed. If, when waterproofing, we have to put in a French drain, the drain has to go at the very base of the outside wall. Plumbing, such as bathrooms, laundry rooms, kitchens and showers, are often built against outside walls. In order to put in the drain, it is necessary to tear them out. As you can imagine, flood restoration on a beautifully finished basement could get to be pretty expensive. Flood restoration is not always covered by insurance. Usually the insurance cuts everything off at about $5000. That might or might not get the demolition, but not much else in a job I’ve just described. I always tell people to check their insurance, even when we are doing a small waterproofing job.
We do other flood restoration, such as Sump pumps, washer drain line, and hot water tank failures. Also broken pipes in the floor between the basement and first floor. There are all sorts of plumbing problems in the kitchen and bathroom areas, not to mention the roof. All flood restoration is accompanied by mold. If you need flood restoration, call us at 586 703 0112.