Rebuilding Houston Homes
"My house has flooded. What do I do now?"
Of course the first thing to do is remove all of the water damaged materials (baseboards, doors, door trim, drywall, insulation, cabinets, flooring).
Once the wet/damaged items have been removed, the remaining structure and items need to be properly dried out. Fans, dehumidifiers, central A/C systems can all be utilized to help remove the excess moisture from the wet materials in your house.
When the house is properly dry, you will want to treat the walls, floors, and possibly remaining cabinets with an anti-microbial solution. This process will help eliminate some of the possible bacteria and mold that may have been generated by the presence of flood water.
If you have flood insurance, you will want to contact your agent right away and get the insurance process started as soon as possible. Your adjuster will need information from you and you will need to be prepared for some detailed paperwork.
If your home is located within the city limits of Houston, a construction permit may be required before you begin any of the restoration construction. Other cities and governing bodies may require permits within their jurisdiction. Check with your local authorities for your specific area.
Before you begin covering up the wall cavities and installing insulation, you will want to check the moisture level of the wall studs and bottom plate. Once the studs and bottom plate are adequately dry, you can begin the rebuilding process.
When it is time to start the renovation, here is the order of events that we typically follow:
- Repair damaged exterior sheathing (utilizing a process to perform this repair without removing the exterior brick)
- Remove/replace damaged electrical wiring and outlets
- Install new insulation and drywall
- Install new interior doors, trim, and cabinets
- Caulk, putty, prime and paint doors, trim, cabinets and walls
- Install counter tops (if they had been removed during the demolition phase)
- Perform plumbing to install/connect faucets and drains
- Install new flooring
- Install door and cabinet hardware
- Install appliances
While the flood restoration process is designed to return your home to its pre-flood condition, this may be a good time to actually make some changes/updates to your home. We can help you plan and design modifications to improve the look and feel of your home. Some of the non-flood damage repair items that we are working on include:
- lighting and fans
- upper cabinets
- removing furrdowns
- paint ceilings
- remove and redesign closet shelving and cabinets
- update plumbing fixtures
- change out counter tops
We will work with you and stay in contact with you throughout each step of the renovation. As our valued customer, we welcome your questions and input. We believe this communication is important to help ensure that we are delivering the right product and service that you deserve.
We make a careful effort to salvage and preserve the existing stone counter tops and backsplash. New drywall with second layer of float to help blend the old and new drywall areas.
What separates us from the other guys?
At Robert Scott Homes, you'll find we believe in doing it right the first time. Through good communication and quality materials, we are able to deliver exceptional professionalism to our clients.
Additionally, we demonstrate respect to customers, suppliers and trades people to prosper a positive work environment for everyone involved. This harmony is crucial because we're all working together to accomplish excellence and create value.
We want the finished product to speak well of Robert Scott Homes, long after we have completed work on your home.