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19 Apr April 19, 2016

How to Dry Your Cabinets After a Flood

Dennis Hart 1 Uncategorized

If you are looking for ideas on how to dry your cabinets after a flood, we have some tips for you. We know first hand how emotionally devastating a flood can be. Having lived in Houston for many years, and having suffered through a flood in our own showroom, My Cabinet Source is offering you some tips that we hope will help. If you’ve had flood water in your home, it does matter how much and what kind of flood water.  If you’ve had a leak from under your sink, or a toilet overflowed with “clean” water, that’s different than water infiltrating your home from a natural disaster. Remember that your insurance company can and should be a resource, but they should not be considered your friend in this situation regardless of what TV commercials you watch. They’re job is to avoid paying for things. If you are planning to dry your cabinets, here is what we suggest:

  1. Remove the “toe kick (kickplate) veneer.” If there is a veneer that can be pealed away without too much damage, start by taking that off.  It’s then important to figure out what kind of material the base is made of. If it’s plywood or solid wood, there is a much better chance that you’ll be able to dry it out without too much swelling. If it’s particle board, there’s a chance, but it’s more likely to swell and reduce the overall strength of your cabinets.
  2. Drill holes in the kickplate every few feet.  Whether or not you have removed the kickplate veneer, you’ll need to drill holes in the kickplate every few feet or so. Most remediation companies drill at least a half inch hole- sometime 1 inch. This will allow you to get air underneath your cabinets.
  3. Move lots of air as quickly as you can for as long as you can. If your air conditioning is still working, turn it on and leave it on.  Get fans as low to the ground as you can a few inches to about a foot away from the toe kick.
  4. Consider calling a water remediation company. They will appreciate it if you’ve already taken these steps and there is a much better change you’ll be able to salvage your existing cabinets. The soon you begin drying your cabinets the better off you’ll be.

If you find yourself unsure whether your cabinets are viable long term, give us a call. We understand you’ll have lots of things to consider and we’re you’re neighbors first and a business second. We wish you all the best as you work to recover.

One thought on “How to Dry Your Cabinets After a Flood

  1. Michael says:

    Unless you have an all-wood cabinets forget this lower cabinets must be removed and turned upside down and placed in the sun so you can deal with the water in the walls behind base cabinets.

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