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Yesterday we had a client call and said they had water damage. It was a renter so we asked for the owners name. We called the owner to get authorization. He was a little hesitant about going through his insurance because he had a high deductible. He agreed to a 95 emergency call that we explain can and will be applied to the bill if he uses us. This accomplishes 2 things;

1) Separates the price shoppers
2) Allows us chance to explain damage more thoroughly to allow us to do the job and go through insurance company if bill is higher than deductible.

Well after going there and explaining it I secured the job,got his 1k deductible and got started. Just in case I sold the job I always take a box truck with 3 dehus,9 air movers and a water damage bag. The bag has some tools,blocks,coasters and meters.

This is the culprit. Quest pipe. Stuff is garbage and pops all the time. Good for us. Bad for clients.

IF YOU WANT ME TO GO THROUGH THIS WHOLE JOB AND EXPLAIN IT WITH PICTURES PLEASE CLICK LIKE. THANKS.


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This will be about a 3k dry down job. What is a dry down job? Where you only rip out and dry the structure. No reconstruction. I find construction to be a pita so we refer drywall and carpenters guys directly which accomplishes several things;

1) Client saves money and can put some in their own pocket.
2) I don't have to hassle with subs.
3) Minimal effort with maximum profit.

This is an easy job. We prefer the easy ones and usually sub out the Cat 3's and or if it is above 20k to a large local company who gives me a referral fee.

After tearing out all affected ceiling we take out baseboards where walls are affected. Using a non penetrating moisture meter I compare a dry area to a wet area. My goal is to match the wet affected area to a dry wall in another unaffected room. I want the moisture content to be the normal in the home as my finishing point.,taking a razor knife I cut along the top if the baseboard then use a small pry tool to remove the baseboard.

The drywall is only wet about 12" up. No need to remove drywall and I'll show you what you can do to avoid removal later.

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Great post I would like to hear more about your process. As I am wanting to do just what you explained sub out big stuff and keep the smaller jobs for myself.

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This will be about a 3k dry down job. What is a dry down job? Where you only rip out and dry the structure. No reconstruction. I find construction to be a pita so we refer drywall and carpenters guys directly which accomplishes several things;

1) Client saves money and can put some in their own pocket.
2) I don't have to hassle with subs.
3) Minimal effort with maximum profit.

This is an easy job. We prefer the easy ones and usually sub out the Cat 3's and or if it is above 20k to a large local company who gives me a referral fee.

After tearing out all affected ceiling we take out baseboards where walls are affected. Using a non penetrating moisture meter I compare a dry area to a wet area. My goal is to match the wet affected area to a dry wall in another unaffected room. I want the moisture content to be the normal in the home as my finishing point.,taking a razor knife I cut along the top if the baseboard then use a small pry tool to remove the baseboard.

The drywall is only wet about 12" up. No need to remove drywall and I'll show you what you can do to avoid removal later.

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On affected exterior walls are you opening to remove wet insulation?
 

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Hey @Rob Allen thanks for the post.

2 assumptions, it was a clean water flood and they called you within 72 hours - no mold.

My biggest and first question is do you carry additional insurance for this type of work?

Are you required to have additional government certifications do this in your area?
 

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Hey @Rob Allen thanks for the post.

2 assumptions, it was a clean water flood and they called you within 72 hours - no mold.

My biggest and first question is do you carry additional insurance for this type of work?

Are you required to have additional government certifications do this in your area?
Yes Cat 1 clear water. Some consider gray water since came through ceiling. Either way mitigation same. Yes client called with in 12 hours. 72+ hours I usually refer to larger mitigation company. As insurance goes my wife handles that. I'll ask her later today. She is sleep and I'm headed to my office.

I'll take pics if the progression.


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On affected exterior walls are you opening to remove wet insulation?
I always check for insulation because it will not dry. This is all interior walls so I will show in a pic what I do when I go to inspect it today. However when I do open the walls I usually only cut open the drywall to 12" and cut off affected insulation. Hope this helps Jason.


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Locate and measure dry area and the home

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Painters tape to mark dry process on each wall

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Remove baseboard where drywall is affected

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Use a drywall punch to knock holes below the baseboard line at every 6 inches. This way the baseboard will hide the damage while allowing us to first inject anti microbial and dry behind wall.

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I like to exceed affected area by a couple feet on each end.

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aloha one

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Clawed properly..Inside walls not included..Dehus.,Correct Microbials
48 hours Max in my experience.But leave the Blowers a few xtra days to be sure and make Mo Money!
 
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How long does a typical dry out job take to be fully dry?
Insurance adjusters prefer 3 days. That's what I shoot for. But if for some reason it's taking longer I'll let them know. Up to 5 days they usually don't cry just better take out a few pieces to show your making progress.


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Here is a typical water damage bag with meters and tools.

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No room for BEER in that thar thang..We used to celebrate when we got water damage..What happen to the good ol' daze?