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Why did SERVPRO of Bend Only Cut My Drywall 12 inches from the floor?

1/6/2022 (Permalink)

Flood cut from water job.

A property owner asked SERVPRO of Bend, "Why did your technicians remove the Drywall twelve inches up from the floor rather than remove the Drywall from the whole wall?" 

This was a great question and we wanted to share the information with our web community.  

Drywall is the most common interior wall and ceiling finish material in North America. Drywall is easily damaged while wet, since it loses much of its strength and stiffness. If drywall has been exposed to excessive amounts of moisture and becomes saturated, it is our recommendation that the wet Drywall be removed, enabling the wood framing to be exposed for drying.

In a lot of cases, the moisture doesn't penetrate the whole wall. In such cases, SERVPRO of Bend would use a moisture meter to mark how much of the wall has been affected by moisture and only remove what is affected. In reference to our customers question, only the bottom twelve inches of the drywall in this case, needed to be removed. Commonly called a "flood cut," SERVPRO of Bend Technicians use this technique to removed the damaged drywall and open the wall cavity to accelerate the drying process.

If you have questions regarding the drying process or water mitigation processes feel free to give SERVPRO of Bend a call at (541) 385-7044.

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