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What Happens to Wet Building Materials?

3/19/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage What Happens to Wet Building Materials? Wood floor damage in a Candler,NC home.

Understanding Of How Certain Materials React To Water

Whether you’re doing major renovations or making small adjustments to your home in Candler,NC, swelling wood and other signs of water damage on building materials can bring a project to a halt. However, knowing what items can be saved and what items should be replaced can help you save money and time.

1. Drywall

Since drywall is made up of such an absorbent material, it’s common for the plasterboard to retain moisture after a leak or flood has occurred. If the drywall remains wet for a long period of time, mold growth is likely to occur, and boards with mold should be replaced. However, in most cases, if water is thoroughly and carefully removed from drywall in a timely manner, the plasterboard can be saved.

2. Subfloors

When a cabinet or subfloor becomes wet, the wood that makes up these items often begins to swell. Swelling wood occurs when thin pieces of wood or wood-like materials absorb water. Subfloors engorged with water are more likely to break and are not structurally sound; likewise, cabinets that are swollen with water are at risk of deteriorating. Water damage restoration experts can often help to remove and replace damaged cabinets and subfloors.

3. Hardwood

Hardwood floors can make a statement in a home, but they are often one of the first things to become damaged during a flood. Fortunately, hardwood floors can usually be saved if they are quickly dried off. Unlike subfloors, hardwood floors are unlikely to become swollen in a short period of time. After drying off hardwood floors or other surfaces, you can focus on seeking out professionals to fix the supply line or make the water pipe repair in order to prevent water damage from reoccurring.

Drywall and hardwood can withstand moisture, but swelling wood in cabinets or subfloors will likely need to be replaced if it becomes wet. With an understanding of how certain materials react to water, homeowners can protect the various surfaces in their homes.

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