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What Happens to Drywall When Flooding Occurs in Sarasota?

5/6/2020 (Permalink)

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Flood Damage Restoration in Sarasota Can Require Repairing Wet Drywall

During severe rainstorms in Sarasota, winds can cause tree branches to break off and fall onto your roof. Once a hole gets created in your roofing materials, flood damage could take place. For instance, if a branch breaks a hole in your roof, then the rainwater can start with your roofing materials negatively and then begin to flow down into your house.

When flood damage occurs in Sarasota caused by a roof leak, the H2O can flow down your wall studs towards the ground. Moisture coming from your attic and ceiling can saturate a large portion of your drywall when it follows gravity from the top of your wall studs down to your floor. When dealing with wet drywall, professional restoration companies such as SERVPRO knows the construction of your walls.

Drywall consists of a gypsum material with paper on its front face, back, and long edges. The wall material can come in various sizes such as 1/4", 1/2", and 5/8". However, 1/2" thick drywall is the most common when dealing with residential buildings. This gypsum board is then nailed or screwed onto your wall studs, leaving a cavity between each stud.

When inspecting the severity of the issues with your walls, our SERVPRO technicians can start by using a non-penetrating moisture meter to figure out which sections of your drywall got wet. We can then use a penetrating meter that gets pounded into your walls so that we can see the exact moisture content of the gypsum material. We can also use the penetrating meter to measure the moisture content of your wooden wall studs. Once we get readings in the affected areas, we take measurements of moisture in other building materials that we know were not affected to determine how wet the materials got and to establish a drying goal.

If you ever notice that your walls and ceilings got wet due to a leak in your roof after a storm strikes your neighborhood, call SERVPRO of South Sarasota at (941) 552-6319 24 hours a day. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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