Water Damage Repair
The winter of 2014/2015 was especially rough. Massachusetts received record snow and with it came ice dams. In many cases these ice dams created water damage. Don't worry, Coast & Country Painting can help. We can make it look as good as new. Below are the steps we follow, not only so you know how we treat water damage but also so that you can fix the issue yourself if you are up for it.
- Anything that was damaged from the water needs to be removed. As you can see in the picture to the right the drywall has to be replaced. Once removed make sure to check the insulation. Most likely that will have to be replaced as well (in this case it was). When removing the drywall, be careful. You do not want to use a saws-all or other power tools. You do not know what is behind the wall and you do not want to cut a wire.
- Ice dams are caused from heat escaping your home and melting the snow on your roof. Make sure there is enough insulation to slow down the heat from escaping. In this case we foamed all of the seams and then used fiberglass batts to fill between the studs. Fiberglass batts are a great insulator if installed correctly. Do not decrease the r-value by jamming and squishing them. The fiberglass should be level with the studs and the correct fiberglass batt should be used (if the home is framed with 4" studs you will use a different fiberglass batt than if it is framed with 6" studs) and all areas should be filled.
- If there are visible signs of rotten wood on either the exterior sheathing or roof deck this also needs to be replaced. You do not want mold to create a much bigger problem down the road.
- To summarize. Demo, let dry out, add the correct amount of insulation, rehang the blue-board, plaster or compound, finally paint.
- If you have any questions about water damage repair do not hesitate to contact us. firstname.lastname@example.org