JACKSON, TN — As the flood water in the lower Applichacian region recedes, the extent of the damage to the built environment is realized and cleanup and restoration begins, according to the Jackson Sun.
A microcosm to the larger situation, the first level of David and Kellye Moore''s house has been gutted and is being rebuilt by a team of water damage restoration experts from West Tennessee Restoration, the story stated.
According to the story, workers from West Tennessee Restoration have been working all week to remove rotten drywall, wood, insulation and other pieces of the Moore''s once peaceful and complete home.
Homeowners are strongly cautioned not to perform any work themselves until pictures of the damage are taken and approval from their insurance company is received, the story noted.
David McVie, co-owner of West Tennessee Restoration, said: "Furniture with wooden legs should be moved off damp floors to keep them from absorbing water. Carpets and the padding underneath should be cut out and removed from the home to let floors dry. While homeowners may be able to save their carpets, the padding should be thrown away. The air conditioner acts as a dehumidifier of sorts, so turning it down as cold as you can take it will help the drying process."
Because much of the damage from flooding is hidden behind and underneath layers of construction materials, the process of completely drying a structure and remediating any mold growth that may have started often takes several weeks to months to complete, the story added.