Flood Cleanup – 3 Steps

Whole Earth Provision Co Story on Lamar Blvd – Memorial Day Flooding 2015

Can you see the flood line about 3 feet up the wall on the drywall?

Insulation acts as a sponge. Remove it and throw it away.

Remove the drywall so the studs inside can dry out.

This MDF paneling is ruined from the flooding. Plywood paneling and cabinets can usually be saved and dried.

Carpet can be salvaged if it's "clean" water. Carpet pad needs to be pitched in the trash bin. Because this was muddy creek water, the carpet was pulled and pitched.

Commercial grade fans and dehumidifiers are the key to drying success.

Check the humidity; if it's over 60%, you need a dehumidifier to promote drying. I'm using my ExTech Temp/Humidity Pen here.

Dry your structure down to less than 20%, or ideally less than 17%, moisture content before moving on with rebuilding. I'm using my ExTech Moisture Meter.

Microban is a good all-purpose mildewcide.

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