Drying Walls and Subfloors After Extensive Water-Damaged

Comprehensive Drying Solutions for Water-Damaged Walls and Subfloors on the Gold Coast

Water damage can wreak havoc on homes, especially when unexpected incidents occur. In this article, we delve into a real-life scenario on the Gold Coast where a burst flexi hose under the kitchen sink led to water-related challenges. We explore the complexities of drying walls and particle board subfloors that lead to a successful restoration.

The Challenge: Drying of walls and particle board subfloors from extensive water damage

A burst flexi hose underneath the kitchen sink unleashed water, impacting a total of 9 rooms in a double-story house. The challenge extended beyond visible damage, reaching areas like the concrete subfloor, kitchen cabinetry, bathroom cabinetry, and even the particle board subfloor. The affected rooms required strategic interventions for drying, and the restoration process became a comprehensive task.

Solution Provided:

Addressing the water damage required a meticulous approach, considering the diverse materials affected in different parts of the house.

  1. Carpeted Rooms: Three non-restorable carpeted rooms underwent the removal and disposal of affected carpet and underlay. Drying equipment was then strategically installed to address moisture in the concrete subfloor.
  2. Restorable Carpeted Room: In the restorable carpeted room, a targeted restoration process was initiated. The affected carpet and underlay was removed, and specialised drying equipment was deployed to restore the concrete subfloor.
  3. Invasive Drying in Cabinetry: The challenge extended to the kitchen and bathroom cabinetry, necessitating invasive drying methods. This involved drilling into the cabinetry in both areas to install specialist drying equipment, ensuring comprehensive drying inside the wall and ceiling cavities.
  4. Structural Drying: In all affected rooms, structural drying measures were implemented to address any lingering moisture and prevent further damage.
  5. Particle Board Subfloor: The particle board subfloor, a particularly vulnerable component, was addressed with a 4-port drying system. This strategic installation aimed to mitigate potential long-term damages to the subfloor.
  6. Timber Flooring: The kitchen’s solid timber flooring was treated with specialist heat drying mats to ensure a thorough and effective drying process.

The drying of walls and subfloors is a nuanced process that demands expertise and strategic interventions. This real-life scenario on the Gold Coast, resolved by Steamatic exemplifies the successful restoration of a water-damaged house, showcasing the importance of comprehensive solutions in overcoming the challenges posed by water damage.

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