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Simplify the Cleanup and Restoration by Making a Flood Cut

9/20/2018 (Permalink)

Air remover on a flood damage in a Colorado Springs, CO home

If your home in Colorado Springs, CO, has been damaged by flooding, one of the first issues that needs to be addressed is damaged drywall. A flood cut is a trick to save as much of the undamaged drywall as possible while the damaged portion is being removed. This keeps the restoration costs down and shortens the time to completion. A flood cut is a relatively simple process and happens in three steps.

1. Mark Where the Drywall Will Be Cut

When the flooding is over, there will be a visible high-water line going all through your home. Making a flood cut starts with marking a point 12 inches above that high-water line. The idea is that the damage behind the wall does not extend more than 12 inches above that water line. Next, starting from that mark, draw a horizontal line around the rooms. A level and a chalk line are good tools for this job.

2. Score the Wallboard Along the Line
Using a utility or other sharp knife, make a deep cut in the drywall following the line drawn around the room. There is no need to cut all the way through because wallboard is brittle and will easily and cleanly break along a deep cut.

3. Remove Wallboard Below the Cut
The next step is to tear out the damaged drywall, starting at the floor and moving up to the cut line. If there is any water damage at the cut line, a new cut line needs to be made higher. Drywall removal should continue all along the cut until all the damaged drywall is removed. During this process, mold or other forms of contamination might become visible.
Finish the Restoration as Quickly as Possible
Flooding brings a variety of problems. Some, like mold, need to be addressed quickly. Local restoration experts can help by bringing their experience and resources to the job. This is not a job for amateurs.

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