If your home was flooded you may be facing critical decisions about which structural components in your home can be saved and which should be replaced. In order to help answer many of these questions, we have compiled information that addresses a list of eight specific items in your home:
If your home was built between 1965 and 1972, there is a possibility that aluminum wiring was used throughout the home. Aluminum is no longer used for general wring today because it was deemed a fire hazard. If your home contains aluminum wiring and the floodwater reached the electrical outlets you will be required by the city to replace the wiring in the whole house. However, if your home had copper wiring you will only need to replace the outlet or switches that were affected by the water.
Homes built between the mid-1950 to 1980’s were most likely built with Gypsum and a water resistant coated paper to wrap the exterior of the home. Both of these must be removed if your home was affected by floodwaters. We have developed a solution that will not require you to remove the brick or siding on the exterior of your home.
Homes built between 1945 and 1980 might contain galvanized piping. You can tell because it will not be the color of copper. The serviceable life of galvanized piping is 40 years. If the flood affected your home and you had to open up the walls, now is a great time to address this issue. You need to replace these pipes before closing up the wall because they will start to fail soon.
If you have double paned windows that have been under water for more than 24 hours you have a high likelihood that the seal will fail and glass will fog between the panes. This may not show up right away. If you are insured please address this with your adjuster.
Before closing back up your walls you need to check the moisture reading on the studs. The reading should be below 15% before you insulate and close up your walls. Be aware that it may take up to 3-6 weeks to get your home to this level of dryness. Please expect at least 6-8 weeks after you place an order for cabinets to get them delivered and installed. There is no rush to close your walls back up so please wait for the proper moisture levels.
5. Tile Flooring
How do you know if you should keep or remove tile floors that have been affected from flooding? If your home was under water for more than 3 days water can soak below the tiles. If you have to keep the tile due to budget restrictions I would suggest using epoxy grout stain to seal the grout joint. I would not do this for several months as there is moisture trapped under the tile and I would test it with a moisture meter.
6. Natural Stone
Homes containing natural stone like mud set marble it will have to be removed. Marble and travertine are soft and porous. Many times after drying a film will permanently remain on the surface, which is caused by effervescence. This is caused because minerals leach out of the stone. If you were to seal the tile in attempt to prevent this it can cause the stone face to pop of and become unattached from the floor.
According to a bulletin released by Hearth and Home, if your fireplace unit is not a masonry fireplace then it most likely has to be replaced if it was affected by floodwaters.
You will have to replace the whole A/C unit if it went underwater. Otherwise you will have to replace the condenser motor, contactors, capacitors and electrical components on the units. If your water heater was submerged it needs to be replaced.
We hope this helps address some of your questions. Please feel free to contact us further with any questions. We are here to help!
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