We Just Need To Open It Up A Bit

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We Just Need To Open It Up A Bit


A common method of removing and drying walls is to open up the lower portion of the wall. Part of this water damage restoration method is to get the saturated material taken out before molds and mildew can begin. The other part is that with the wall opened like this, fans can be used to eliminate any moisture within the wall cavity.

If you have ever had a small flood or water leak you may recognize the photo. There may be other actions taken to restore a property to it's pre-flood condition but this is a common practice when it comes to drying out wall materials. Are there other methods?

Sure but they may not be as effective in removing moisture from a wall.

One common and ineffective method is to run a fan toward the surface of the wall, without removing any material. With a small one time flood there may not be any real visual damage but the moisture is in the material. Blowing air to one side of it would take a very long to dry out – maybe never completely.

So even if you have a small flood or water damage, be sure to contact someone who knows how to repair the problem best. Contact a qualifiedcontractor with water damage restoration experience and let him explain how best to restore the damages. It doesn't hurt to ask an expert.




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Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Just know that in almost every case. in which people say that it'll only take a minute or that they only need a little of your time, plan to be there for two days haha

Oct 08, 2014 03:58 PM #1
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

If there are mold spores a dehumidifier will also dry things out without spreading the spores around.

Oct 08, 2014 06:56 PM #2
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

Good morning Tom. It doesn't take long for mold to form when water is involved. Mold spores are everywhere! The best way to prevent it is to open things up a bit.

Oct 08, 2014 07:18 PM #3
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Tom. As you know wet or damp areas in a home can be a killer and the sooner that the correction are made the better. Nice job with your post.

Oct 08, 2014 07:24 PM #4
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Oh yeah.....something I'm quite familiar with Tom.....could cause so many problems if not corrected properly.

Oct 08, 2014 09:03 PM #5
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning Tom,

And more costly to sell if you do not take care of the problem!

Make yourself a great day.

Oct 08, 2014 09:27 PM #6
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Tom,

Great advice! The first call should be to a local expert so you know the restoration is done right!

Oct 08, 2014 10:15 PM #7
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Tom. It is always about seeking competent advice. You're the best.

Oct 08, 2014 11:32 PM #8
Whitney Watson
First Heritage Mortgage - Henrico, VA

Tom, You have so much great information for us. It seems like mold in bathrooms is inevitable at some point...not sure how it can be avoided. I see it all the time up in the corners of bathrooms or near the fan. Who knows what's going on behind the walls.

Oct 09, 2014 02:30 AM #9
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Great tip . . . . very helpful for Florida as well as just about everywhere else.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Oct 09, 2014 12:19 PM #10
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