A flood is a terrible event for any homeowner. A home is typically our most expensive asset and even a few inches of flood water will have a devastating effect on your house. Todd Shupe of Baton Rouge remembers his experience well and wants to recount it so others may learn.
“My house was flooded in 2016 with 14 inches of water. Time is not on your side after a flood event. It is imperative that all wet material be removed from the house as soon as possible. This includes sheet rock, insulation, carpet and drapes. I had to remove all personal items from the house prior to the ‘gutting’ of the house. This is the process by which the sheet rock is cut and removed 4 feet from the floor and the old insulation is removed,” says LSU’s Todd Shupe, whose career in wood sciences has lent him a great deal of construction knowledge. “My house did not lose electricity and no water got into the electrical outlets so I was able to run ceiling fans and bring in large de-humidification units to dry out the house. Everything is removed so that the studs in the walls can dry out. However, all bathroom counters, showers, bath tubs, kitchen cabinets, counter tops, the oven and so much more had to go All that was left was the toilets!”
The studs need to dry so they will not be attractive to fungi and wood-destroying insects. However, as they are drying they can easily be attacked by mold fungi. These fungi will not degrade the strength of the wood but will discolor the surface and in certain cases can causes respiratory problems. For my house, I used Bora-Care with Mold-Care. “This is a safe and economical product that anyone can apply with a typical garden sprayer,” says Todd Shupe, of Baton Rouge. “It needs to be mixed 1:1 with water before application. I sprayed from the sill plate upwards of four feet. I waited a few hours for it to dry and did a second application. I never saw any presence of mold, fungi, or insects in the frame of my house after the flood.”
Some of the personal items grew mold immediately and most had to be discarded. Two days passed before we could return to the house and then another few days before the house could be gutted. This was a trying time for LSU’s Todd Shupe, but the knowledge he’d acquired in the field came in handy here. BoraCare is also an excellent product for new construction or during remodeling or additions of existing houses. It is available on Amazon or directly from the manufacturer, Nisus, at www.nisuscorp.com.