CMS Restoration got a emergency call on a weekend and sent the on-call crew to go out and investigate the scope of the damage. The source of the damage was a compressor coil in the fridge that went bad and started overflowing the tray. The water damaged the hallway, the kitchen and spilled downstairs. The downstairs suffered more damage than upstairs. It got all the carpet in the bathroom, hallway and the office soaking wet. We found fallen drywall in the office, with paint bubbles on the ceiling.
We proceeded to take out all the wet pad in the bathroom and hallway downstairs, and start the drying process for the carpet. Upstairs we then proceeded to tear out the hardwood floors in the kitchen and hallway. The hardwood were damaged from the water and started to cup and buckle. When hardwood begins to significantly buckle, it will not go back down to it’s normal state. It is difficult to dry the hardwood and subfloor beneath without any mold growth occurring.
Once we took the hardwood flooring out, we were able to start the drying on the subfloor. The bathroom on the main floor had vinyl flooring. Vinyl flooring usually has backerboard when it sits on subfloor to ensure that the floor is level. When that gets wet, it is improbable that you will be able to dry the subfloor beneath the backerboard and the backerboard itself. We tear out the flooring to ensure that we are able to dry everything and prevent mold growth from happening.
Overall we had 11 pieces of drying equipment on the jobsite. We were able to dry the ceiling and interior walls that got wet without having to tear any drywall out. The carpet and subfloor dried out nicely without any concern about mold growth.