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Basement Flood 28" sewage backup. Paneling replace?

Basement Flood 28" sewage backup. Paneling replace?

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Old 04-08-08, 09:36 AM
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Basement Flood 28" sewage backup. Paneling replace?

So, I had a huge sewer backup over the weekend. I now have to replace my gas dryer, water heater, and several other items. What I'm primarily worried about now is the paneling on my walls. It's think, knotty pine paneling which is attached to boards which are screwed into the concrete.

The water got 28" up on the walls, and I'm worried about mold behind the paneling. Should I replace this? I can see the baseboards are already rotting somewhat.

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Old 04-08-08, 10:06 AM
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Surprised someone else hasn't stepped in, but here goes...

Yes you absolutely need to take it down, esp if it was a true sewage back up.

You could cut it above the flood line, if you want to keep the upper paneling, then install something like beadboard or painted sheet rock below, with maybe a chair rail or ledge to cover the meeting line.

But, whatever you do, you should cut that stuff out ASAP and get it cleaned up and dry in the voids.
 
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Old 04-08-08, 01:48 PM
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Thanks for the info! It was a storm sewer backup if that changes anything.
 
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