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Dry Ceilings and Walls

Flood-soaked drywall or other porous material must be removed and thrown away.
  • Plaster and paneling often can be saved, but air must be circulated in the wall cavities to dry the studs and sills.
  • The three kinds of insulation must be treated differently.
    • Styrofoam might only need to be hosed off.
    • Fiberglass batts should be thrown out if muddy but may be reused if dried thoroughly.
    • Loose or blown-in cellulose or fiberglass must be replaced because it holds water for a long time and can lose its antifungal and fire-retardant abilities
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