Help for homeowners recovering from a flood
Mold, clean well water and contractors with integrity are all issues homeowners should consider as they rehabilitate their homes after a flood.
If there has been water damage, the best rule of thumb is “when in doubt, throw it out.” According to University of Illinois Extension Disaster Education Chair Richard Atterberry, every textile or porous substance has the potential to trap moisture and grow mold. Carpet padding should be discarded, but carpet and some furniture might be salvageable. A free publication, “First Steps to Flood Recovery” can be picked up at the DeKalb County Extension office, 1350 W. Prairie Drive in Sycamore, or viewed online at http://www.uwex.edu/ces/ag/issues/documents/FloodRecoveryPurdue.pdf.
Anything that is porous, including wood, should be completely dry before it is covered. Wooden subfloors and even concrete slabs can take weeks or months to dry completely. Drywall, other wallboard and insulation should be discarded if it has come into contact with water. Wood framing and studs should be dry to a level of 15 percent or less before new drywall, sheetrock or paneling is installed.
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