I had a flood in our finished basement with over 3" of water. The insurance contractor has removed the laminate flooring and baseboards. Should they also remove the drywall from behind the baseboards?
As Peter said, the drywall should be removed 4ft up from the floor and the insulation, then use fans to blow air to dry out the walls and studs, once its dry again, (test with moisture meter) then the NEW insulation, vapor barrier, drywall, etc. can be installed.
The insurance company (if involved) should have info on what they demand as well, otherwise future coverage may be void. like if mold occurs due to an improperly restored wall.
Yes 24 inches from the floor
Yes most definitely they should remove the drywall. I would suggest removing it 4' 1/2" up since you said water was three feet high. When I worked for an insurance Construction Company back in the day we would always remove drywall 2' up or 4' feet up depending on how high the flood went up. I would demand the drywall be looked at and removed.
Hope it works out for you.
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