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The Necessity of a Flood Cut

6/24/2022 (Permalink)

Flood cut performed on drywall A flood cut can help a remediation team salvage and protect a property.

The Importance of a Flood Cut

Storms can cause flooding in residential areas, resulting in significant devastation. Restoring a house to its beauty can take time, and it will often require the further demolition of specific elements according to water remediation services in Bay Port, MN. The demolition will typically require a flood cut, which is a cut made into a wall about 12 inches above the flood line. The flood cut serves at least four purposes.

1. Eliminate Water Damage
Primarily, the flood cut is the standard approach to tear out. A remediation service will cut to a line where the surface and substructures are most likely dry and remove anything below that line, down to the studs. Removing the materials helps reduce the risks of further water damage.

2. Reduce Risks of Mold
Flooding and mold growth can go hand in hand. Mold can begin to grow within 24 to 48 hours of a flood. Using a flood cut, the remediation service can see if mold has started and potentially eliminate it before it spreads to dryer areas.

3. Restrict Contamination
The main reason to perform a flood cut is to find an area beneath the wall's surface that is dry and free of contaminates. Exposing the dry areas means restricting the movement or development of water-damaged areas. The interior of a wall cavity can become humid, especially after a flood. If the area remains sealed, water and other contaminants will continue to climb the structure.

4. Provide Assessment Point
The flood cut also acts as an assessment point. By removing the wall and some of the internal materials, a remediation service can see how much damage a flood caused. The opening allows the team to assess any structural damage.
Flooding can lead to devastating losses. A flood cut can help a remediation team salvage and protect a property.

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