Wet Drywall in basement


Old 05-01-04, 08:49 AM
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Wet Drywall in basement

I had a drain in my basement back up and some drywall along with lots of carpet got wet. We have a new baby on the way and I am concerned about mold. Should I replace the drywall? What is the best option?
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Old 05-01-04, 10:14 AM
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The general rule of thumb is that drywall that has been made wet by clean water can be dried out and left in place, but drywall made wet by water containing organic matter must be replaced. A drain backup probably qualifies as the latter. Your homeowner's insurance will likely cover its replacement.
Old 05-01-04, 12:23 PM
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Thanks for the reply. It was a floor drain that backed up and my insurance won't cover the damage. Should I also consider replacing some studs as well or will I be ok there?
Old 05-02-04, 11:05 AM
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I cut the drywall say at 2' up if that was out of the water all around the basement. All the rugs and let dry down there for a time. Fans and dehumidifier till dry and then see what you have as for as the mole . Then go from there.

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