Remodeling After Water Damage: Tips From a Homeowner Who Did It

Learn the crucial steps and coping mechanisms that can help when flooding strikes your home

Flooding can come from a variety of sources: overflowing rivers, storm surges, excessive rain, a ruptured dam, ice melting rapidly in the mountains or even a burst pipe in the dead of winter. But no matter the cause, when vast amounts of water enter a home, the damage is almost always total. And the process for getting a house back in shape is long, expensive and trying.

I had the unfortunate opportunity to undergo this process when Hurricane Irene passed over Cape Cod in 2011. A layer of a new roof was lifted off our top-floor condo during the storm. A temporary repair to the roof held up, until a follow-up nor’easter destroyed it and flooded the condo. The water passed through our condo to the unit below. The carpet was ripped out of the main living-dining room, and much of the ceiling and some drywall were peeling and leaking.