terça-feira, 26 de março de 2013

Safe Way To Remove Carpeting and Damaged Drywall From Flooding

When a waterline breaks or a flood strikes a community area, it can cause much devastation to a home with the worst damage typically being done to the foundation and structure of the home. Flooding also ruins drywall and can cause the need for carpet to be replaced. When a flood does happen, carpet and the carpet padding can become susceptible to mold growth rather quickly. Not to mention, the drywall will also cause quite an issue itself depending on the extent of the water damage.

Homeowners or business owners may take steps to attempt to salvage their carpet if possible; however it will most likely need to be removed and replaced. Homeowners can also remove wet drywall and have it replaced to avoid further damage from water seeping to more areas in the drywall. When performing repairs such as these by oneself, they can save substantially in labor costs.

Prior to working on the carpet, the humidity and temperature in the area should be lowered to decrease the chances for mold growth to occur. Mold growth likes moisture and warm areas and can start growing in as quickly as 24 to 36 hours upon the carpets becoming flooded. A homeowner may set up large cooling fans as well as lower the temperature in their home to the lowest level. These steps should help to lower the temperature and humidity. To remove the carpeting, the first step to take is to use a wet-vac to extract as much of the water as possible. Next, the individual should obtain a box cutter with a sharp blade so that it cuts through the carpet efficiently.

The person may then use the box cutter to make a three inch cut into the carpet parallel to their body. The person does not need to cut all the way down into the carpet padding; rather just a cut may be made in the carpet. After the cut has been made, the person may then place their fingers in the carpet slit and use their box cutter to slit the carpet as they pull up on it. This will allow the person to cut the carpet in one long length to the opposing wall where it may be carefully cut. Afterwards, the carpet may be pulled up and removed in sections and this process repeated until the carpet has been removed.

Before working on the drywall, the electricity should be disconnected in case there are any outlets within the wall. Drywall may be removed by first marking the areas that need to be removed. A line needs to be marked six to twelve inches above the water-logged areas. The area should then be marked accurately so that the person can cut the drywall section out cleanly. This will help them to replace the section more easily when taken out in an uniform section.

Afterwards, the person may place a tarp down on the ground nearby to catch any loose debris that might come loose. Next, the person should use their utility knife to make a puncture in the drywall so that they may remove it. After the puncture has been made, a framing hammer may be used to knock the drywall section carefully and cleanly out of the wall.

Afterwards, the interior of the walls should be observed to see whether or not there is any mold accumulation or dampness. If so, further work will need to be done. However, the person should observe the electrical outlets in the area to be sure that they are not damaged as well as the studs of the wall themselves. Afterwards, fans should be put up to help ventilate the areas to keep mold from forming in the moist environments.

Learn more about Mold removal for Florida property owners by visiting the disaster repair professionals from Jarvis online at or by visiting their regional dispatch office at

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