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What to do About Flood Damaged Walls In Orlando

Jul 26, 2008
When a home is hit with water damage there are exhaustive steps that have to be done to put the place into proper order. One of the glaring issues that people in Orlando need to deal with is the issue of damage to the walls, both inside, outside, and in between. It is important for the integrity of the whole house. Water seepage will cause change to the walls of a business or home. Restoring the walls is essential and should be thorough, after all, walls are ordinarily constructed from mortar or, brick, or sheetrock and all will contain water longer than you expect.

If a business has elevated floors, there should be vents around the height that allows proper air movement. After an incident, these vents should let water travel out of the walls as easily as it enters and they should circulate air to encourage the internals of the walls to dry out. For wood there may have to be holes made into the wood or siding for them to dry out. Bricks can be replaced and the holes patterned properly after the walls have been soundly dehydrated and repairs are done.

Inside walls usually are a bigger problem. If overflow water has been in incident with these walls for longer than a short amount of time, the drywall will be loaded with water. The sheetrock will have to be removed to at least an areas above the watermarks. If there is damage in the walls it will have to be reviewed and replaced because it will not dry is rendered unusable and unsafe. The sheetrock needs to be detached and the studs and joists disinfected. This will forestall mold growth. Then the walls need to be left to dry until there is no more moisture in them.
One cannot emphasize this enough for residents in Orlando, Florida where it is very humid.

When the walls are completely dry, it is safe to put rebuild them. Review the areas to be substituted between the protect studs. If the walls were not insulated before, it would be a great idea to add insulation. Do not forget to consider any additional changes you want like electric outlets, network drops, alarm, speaker wire, or whatever Orlando residents desire. Next, the new drywall needs to be put up. Try to find water non-absorptive materials and put the drywall horizontally so it will be easier to replace if there is ever any water issues again. When the sheetrock is all in place, mud, spackle, finish the walls. Then the walls are ready and prepared to be painted, papered or whatever you need to do to restore it to it's former glory.

Restoring the walls of a habitation can be an intense and nerve-wracking process and can take some time to do properly. If this is something that you are not happy doing then an authority should be hired to deal with implementing the repairs. Achieve a relationship with a trustworthy, practiced professional who is duly licensed to work in Orlando. Review references and quotes from multiple vendors carefully to get a "feel" how much the repairs will cost and what will be completed before anyone is paid.

In the end it is your home, not the vendors, to live in so do not save a buck now just to spend the savings three-fold later.
About the Author
Richard Barthallo's life experiences has made him a legend with Water Damage Restoration Orlando. He has assisted or advised on many Water damage Orlando emergencies.
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