How to Dryout and Cleanup Soaked Cabinets from a Flooded Kitchen

Depending on the type of construction of the cabinetry, they can be very expensive to replace to very, very expensive to replace. Not only for the material but also for the labor to replace them but also the labor to get them to match exactly. We have a process that can save soaked, wet cabinetry without need to replace them, potentially saving you and/or the insurance company thousands of dollars and in upwards of 60% on the dryout and restoration process.

The steps for drying out and cleaning up flooded cabinets are as follows:

1.  Turn the water off.

2.  Turn the electricity off to the affected areas.

3.  Determine the type of water present which will dictate the cleanup process.

4.  Remove the excess standing water and investigate what areas have become wet.

5.  ”Open up” areas of the cabinetry to allow for proper drying.

6.  Setup a balanced drying system with drying equipment to ensure proper drying.

7.  Monitor the drying process and adjust equipment as needed.

8.  Fix the issue causing the flood.

9.  Repair any areas that needed to be removed during the process.

rancho bernardo kitchen flood cleanup dryoutOur process involves a combination of injection drying the cabinetry and/or removing the “faces” and doors, shoring up the countertops, and, if needed, removing the lower cost interiors to later be rebuilt and used with the saved, expensive “faces” and doors. As you can imagine, if the exteriors were to be damaged then matching or restaining can be difficult at best and impossible at worst. This is why our process saves customers thousands of dollars: it can eliminate needing to replace the cabinets.

We can do all the steps for you, just give us a call and we can be on-site immediately.

Here is the process in detail:

1.  Turn the water off. Find the valve near the flood or main shutoff for the building to stop further damage to the property immediately.

2.  Turn the electricity off to the affected areas. Water and electricity do not mix. Get the electricity turned off by locating the circuit breaker for the building and turning off the electricity for the areas affected.

3.  Determine the type of water present which will dictate the cleanup process. Clean water in general will dictate that all affected areas that can be dried is ok to dry in place. On the other end of the spectrum is sewage water which will dictate that all affected areas need to be removed. And grey water will be remediated sort of in-between. This is laid out by stands set forth by the EPA, IICRC, and others.

4.  Remove the excess standing water and investigate what areas have become wet. If safe to do so, remove the standing water to allow for quicker drying. This is done with flood pumpers, weighted rover extractors, and other water removers.

5.  ”Open up” areas of the cabinetry to allow for proper drying. “Trapped” water within cabinets (i.e. under the kickplate, behind the cabinets, within wet drywall, etc) needs to be accessed by the dry air produced by the drying equipment to allow for proper drying.

6.  Setup a balanced drying system with drying equipment to ensure proper drying. A balanced drying system means that the level of dryness produced by the drying equipment to remove the moisture from the air exceeds the amount of moisture being produced by the wet areas. This sizing is done by the type of water loss and volume of air. Basically, trapped water in a large room will take more equipment to dry than non-trapped water in a small room. There are calculations for this to ensure proper drying.

7.  Monitor the drying process and adjust equipment as needed. Use moisture meters at the beginning to determine the level of moisture in all affected areas and then monitor daily to make sure the levels are coming down. Move, add, remove equipment as necessary, daily.

8.  Fix the issue causing the flood. If it was a broken pipe, have it fixed. If it was a faulty valve, replace it. Whatever the cause, have it fixed, usually a plumber should be contacted at this point. We can help assist you with finding the proper contractor and/or have it done for you as part of our service.

9.  Repair any areas that needed to be removed during the process. Many times the only thing that needs to be done after we finish is to reskin and restain the kickplate near the floor where holes were drilled to allow for drying. Sometimes the interior, lesser expensive parts need to be replaced. Other times there is small drywall patching that needs to be done. These are done after the drying has been certified to be done correctly.

 

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