We all pray that we’ll never have to go through a tragedy like a fire or a flood at our home or business. Unfortunately, these things happen, firefighters in the United States are called out somewhere every 23 seconds; and researchers estimate nearly 15 million American properties are at immediate risk of flooding. What makes the difference in how a tragedy impacts your life is how successfully you’re able to recover from it. That means you’ll need a fantastic team to reconstruct your property, bringing it as close to its original state as possible.
While some things can be cleaned and restored after an emergency, much of it has to be taken out and rebuilt. Whether a fire or a flood, the structural integrity of the building can be affected, and the situation is not one you should try to take on by yourself.
In some cases, this may serve as an opportunity for you to redesign a space, remove some features, or choose a new color paint. After a fire, some things are going to need attention. Heat from the flames can cause window frames to melt and the glass to warp, so those items will need to be replaced. The heat can also melt PVC and some softer metal pipes, so your plumbing may also need some work. Even things not touched by flames can still have smoke damage.
If the ceiling and roof are damaged by either smoke or water, it should be addressed very carefully. Professionals may have to cut out the affected portion and replace it, or at the very least add in a new coat of plaster and paint. Things like lights, fans, and some devices may have to have new electrical wiring installed or have their wiring checked on to ensure functionality.
After a flood, walls may need to be cut out and reconstructed. The drywall needs to be cut at least six inches above the waterline. Water can weaken the wall, making it unstable or leading to mold growth. Some flooring may be okay, but things like carpet and vinyl most likely need replacing. Hardwood and subfloors need to be tested for moisture. The moisture level determines what type of material you can use to build a new floor. Some epoxy composites and concrete have high breathability to tolerate a bit of a higher moisture content; some polymer flooring would be out of the question with even a hint of moisture.
One of the biggest problems following a flood is the development of mold and mildew. An item doesn’t have to be soaking wet for that to happen. FEMA says mold can develop on a damp surface in as little as 24 hours and spread rapidly, destroying the material it grows on and creating adverse health conditions. If mold has started, the drywall of the affected area needs to be cut out and replaced. That means the insulation has to go, too.
American Veterans Restoration is a locally owned business in Memphis, Tennessee, operated by military veterans. We’re used to keeping calm in a crisis, and we’re thankful that we’re able to use that skill to help our friends and neighbors when they’re going through a tough time. Contact us today for a free consultation.