Water damage and drywall

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Posted by: from Fergus
6/27/2017 at 7:49:54 PM

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?

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Date/Time6/27/2017 at 9:08:13 PM

Of course at least 4ft up

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Date/Time6/27/2017 at 9:19:51 PM

Usually we remove up to 2' all the walls, but in your case, you have to talk with your adjuster to remove up to 4' for sure.

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Karl from KGR Renovations in Winnipeg
Date/Time6/27/2017 at 9:30:31 PM

Yes normally they would cut 2' up from the floor because drywall wicks water.

Hopefully this info is good for you.

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Date/Time6/27/2017 at 10:06:40 PM

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.

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Wolvesvonstruction in Burnaby
Date/Time6/28/2017 at 3:18:04 AM

Yes 24 inches from the floor

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Date/Time6/28/2017 at 10:44:47 AM

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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