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When you’ve had water damage in your kitchen, it’s shocking to discover how destructive water is. It can crumble sheetrock, stain walls, and ruin floors. However, in the kitchen, it is your cabinets that are likely to suffer the most.
Not only can water mar the finish, but it can also make them very unstable. Almost all kitchen cabinets are made of particle board (manufactured wood products formed with glue.) Often a thin layer of wood (veneer) or printed plastic coating makes it look more like solid wood.
Wet participle board has two dangers. First, the wood absorbs the water and starts to swell. Second, the water acts as a solvent and dissolves the glue. So not only do they look cloudy or stained, they are no longer strong and secure.
The obvious step is to find and stop the flow of water but what is next? Do you have a shop vac, fans, and a dehumidifier available (and five friends)? You have to act now so get on the phone to dispatch Carmel’s emergency service company – Total Restoration.
If you don’t have the time, experience or equipment to tackle this immediately, restoration service companies are available to help. They’ll bring all the equipment plus years of expertise.
Until the crew arrives, you can start by emptying out the cabinets. You can keep food items stored in glass or plastic containers, but throw away anything in a cardboard package or plastic bag.
Then, you need to remove as much water to prevent more damage. Use thick towels or blankets to remove the water or squeegee as much out as you can in the next few minutes. A restoration company will bring industrial equipment and take over the drying process.
They might remove cabinet doors to speed up drying. This also limits damage; the weight of the doors may cause the particle board to sag or crumble. They will move the doors to a different room, lay them down flat to keep them from warping and design the space to circulate with high-speed fans.
Household fans would take too long to dry out wood and particle board. Instead, commercial high-volume fans and structural drying dehumidifiers work much faster. Your restoration team will check the cabinets every few hours and reposition the fans as needed. They will dry behind and underneath kitchen cabinets as well.
Depending on the extent of the water damage, your restoration team might be able to repair kitchen cabinets and restore the finish. For extremely warped or swollen cabinets, bracing structures might be used to straighten cabinet pieces. Once the cabinets and doors have dried, the supports can be removed. Then the crew will make any repairs to the trim and doors before refinishing the surfaces to match.
Even if you act fast, you can’t always save water damaged cabinets. Once the particle board starts crumbling, you’ll have to replace them. A restoration team can help you create a kitchen that is better than the original.
Even after the cabinets are “dry to the touch”, they are still at risk for mold and mildew. Studies show that mold can begin to grow 24-48 hours after a major leak. will keep this mind through the cleanup. They might need to wear protective equipment to keep spores from spreading into other areas of the house. Before concluding the project, they will apply products to prevent future mold growth.
If you’ve had water damage in your Carmel kitchen or bathroom, the chances are that you’ll need your cabinets repaired, restored, or replaced. Total Restoration’s certified water damage restoration staff go through extensive water damage training and have years of experience saving waterlogged homes in the Indianapolis area. Our team provides 24-hour water damage restoration emergency services.