If you one of THOUSANDS of families who’s house was flooded by Hurricane Sandy and you had the “affected” drywall and insulation removed there is a good chance you discovered some deficiencies that the drywall hid. While working on numerous houses since the hurricane I discovered a fair number of houses fall into this category. The most common deficiencies discovered were:
- No insulation in the exterior wall cavity
- Water and heating pipes that were not insulated on the warm side of the house and showed signs of repair work due to freezing
- Electrical wiring where the insulating jacket was compromised, non-existent and even worse, burnt
- Improper wiring junction points, as in wires connected using wire caps and/or electrical tape and left behind a wall
- Insect infestation damage to the structure
Now is the perfect time to address these deficiencies. Regardless how the situations above occurred what is more important is correcting them. If you are waiting on settlement on your insurance claim to determine if the above will be resolved then you are missing the point. There will never be a less expensive time to remedy these items, for the simple reason is most is already exposed and easier to address.
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