Turning first-floor flooding into a home improvement opportunity
This spring, Chuck Norton discovered that the first floor of his house flooded.
In his 1992-built Dallas home, waters gathered in his living room, kitchen and dining area, den, office, laundry room, bath and powder room.
Flooding had never occurred since moving into the house in 1992.
Disconcerted, he wondered: Would mold grow? Would the area mildew?
What he did know, thankfully, was the source of flooding: Water damage in an upstairs bathroom had trickled down and deluged his family's primary living area.
"They brought dehumidifiers, fans and microbiological filtering devices, which ran for several days until the moisture readings were back to normal," Norton says. Crisis averted.
Still, each day, the contractor and team came back to test the moisture content of the remaining walls and drywall, he says.
"We just turned the problem into an opportunity for improvement," Norton says, adding that he hired the same contractor to repaint the damaged ceilings and walls this summer. "We were fortunate to have good insurance coverage that took care [of] most of the water damage clean-up."