Today we attended the Flood Recovery Panel at the Remodelers Council hosted by the Greater Houston Builders Association. We learned from local experts and city officials about flood recovery and best practices during this period to make sure we provide the best for our customers.
What We Learned
– The City of Houston is waiving permits for insulation, dry wall, and non-structural components for residential buildings.
– Make sure your home is dry before you add any insulation or drywall. It could take 5-7 days to dry out or even longer if the house was flooded for more than 48 hours.
– Per the panel, spray foam insulation (open or closed) should not be directly applied to the exposed brick. Wind-driven rain water will migrate to the inside wall and will cause mold and mildew growth.
– You will never completely eliminate mold. The best practice is to make the mold dormant by removing as much moisture as you can.
– Do not use bleach or Clorox to remove mold, as it will corrode important building materials, such as the electrical outlets and plumbing pipes. Instead, use Microban or Borax-Vinegar solution.
Please get council from a professional to remove the mold and dry out the house. You can go to GHBA.org to find approved contractors, remodelers, and material distributors/installers, like ourselves. We definitely can help you with your insulation needs! We have borate-treated insulation materials, such as cotton and cellulose, to apply directly to your brick or any walls. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or would like a free estimate.
Harvey has caused an unsurmountable devastation for us all. It’s hard to watch many of our vulnerable neighbors go through these trying times. Our hearts go out to you and know that we are here for you.
We are Houston Strong!