What is a flood cut and when is it necessary?

Posted by Matt Buchanan

If you’ve spoken with a flood cleanup company, you might hear some words or phrases that don’t make a lot of sense.  We apologize, sometimes we’re so caught up in our business that we forget this is probably a first for you.  So one thing we like to do at RestorationEze is sometimes delve into ‘common’ terms in our industry and try to explain in simple terms what they mean.

drywall-flood-cutToday, let’s discuss a flood cut.

A flood cut is when the water restoration contractor has to cut out the drywall from your property.  The cut is made 12-18 inches above where the flood damage stopped, so that’s why it’s called a flood cut.  It is done so that we can remove the drywall and address any moisture issues behind the actual wall.

 

Is a flood cut always necessary?

Not necessarily.  In fact, if the wall water damage is clean water, that is water that doesn’t contain bacteria or harmful pathogens, our goal is to save the wall.  That is a different story if the affected wall has been tainted by sewage water from a backed-up sewer line and your home requires sewage backup cleaning.  In those instances, the rule is if it touches it, it must be removed.

 

injectidry wall dryingHow can you save my water damaged walls without removing the drywall?

If it’s the case the wall is not insulated, and the water source was clean water, we can attempt to dry out behind the walls using a minimally invasive system called Injectidry. Injectidry allows us to drill very small holes behind the baseboard of your wall and insert airtight hoses.  These hoses pass warm, dry air behind the wall itself, drying the studs and any drywall from behind.

If it is the case that the flooding damage has occurred to a wall that has insulation, unfortunately a flood cut is necessary.  Insulation can not be properly dried and still maintain its R-value, meaning it won’t work any longer as an insulation system.

 

Every job is unique!

While we try and give you a clearer understanding for what things means and when they might or might not be applicable, we can only help so much.  At the end of the day, you have to trust the water damage restoration company that you hire to make a professional judgement to determine what protocol to follow to get your flooded basement fixed quickly and with as little headache as possible!

About Matt Buchanan

I grew up in Irving, TX and left for Nashville, TN for college. After college I lived in Washington, DC and then in Cairo, Egypt. After coming back to the states, I spent a couple of years back in Dallas before moving with my wife to Denver!
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