Water Damage Restoration | Flooded Log Home
I had my log home flood in 2010. Experience taught me a lot about how to clean log homes after flooding. My heart goes out to all the people whose homes became victims to flood, as I have been in their muddy shoes and boots. Here’s what I learned the hard way.
Time to disinfect
After cleaning, test wood to make sure it’s dry to the touch. Liberally spray a mold control product on everything that got wet – Concorbium is one I like. These products are commonly available at hardware stores. Buy a lot and use it. I have found these products work wonders at stopping mold, mildew, and the odors and stains that accompany them. You may have to re-apply if it takes a while to dry your home out due to lack of electricity or equipment.
Replace & Rebuild
Finally, replace and re-build. I recommend replacing all electrical outlets and switches that were under water. If in doubt about electrical components, ask an electrician. I did not replace mine initially and had trouble later. Replace all drywall, insulation trim, and re-finish. If you have a lot of open interior stud walls, I recommend applying powdered borax like Tim-bor® inside the stud cavities and THEN closing them up. The borate will practically stay forever and, as a bonus, it kills ants and roaches that crawl through it. Also, apply this powder on the floor just before you re-install base cabinets in kitchens and bathrooms.