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Flood Cut Repair: R13, Drywall, & Texture

Category: Repair

Principal Author(s): Mark Whatley, Seth Harrison

Key Contributor(s): David Mattioli, Dan Smith

AI Board Approval: 06/14/2017

Last Update: 02/04/2020

Tags: Drywall, Insulation, Texture

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This is a residential (Class 2 | Cat 1) water loss. The drywall and insulation were removed 2′ up the wall along the entire perimeter. These activities were spearheaded by a mitigation crew that executed the mitigation phase in a fairly sloppy way, e.g., the insulation was pulled out of the wall cavities well beyond the flood cut, the drywall was not snapped off, and the cuts were jagged.

We are seeking to highlight the following nuances:

  • Drywall by LNFT includes machine texture
  • There is a warranted need to include additional SQFT of texture to feather in the new texture with the existing
  • The bullnose concessions and best practices
    • If the mitigation cut is sloppy and not snapped off, it creates additional work for the repair contractor
  • Resolve the seam damage by reciprocating saw action
  • R13 Insulation (paper backed vs non-backed)
  • Mitigate R13 double dipping
    • R13 can be pulled out of the wall and removed beyond the abated drywall SQFT

Room dimensions: 12′ x 12′

This Insight Sheet© exists to clarify how one might invoice for insulation, drywall, and texture when repairing flood cuts. This does not seek to include or make concessions for all equipment and/or activities as it relates to a loss of this nature.

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4 Comment(s)

Nicole Humber Posted 3 years ago

Why is the calculation on the insulation *0.5?

Seth Harrison Posted 3 years ago

In this particular loss, as mentioned in the F9 note section, the North & East walls are exterior and therefore had paper-faced batt insulation. The room in this situation is a perfect 12'x12', therefore a 0.5 calculation can be employed as only half of the walls use paper-faced insulation, while the other half is unfaced and addressed on Slide 7 (INS BT4+). Traditionally, paper-faced batt insulation is used on exterior walls due to the additional moisture/vapor barrier, whereas unfaced batt insulation is used on interior walls.

Geof Johnson Posted 2 years ago

I would not recommend 'pushing' insulation back up a wall cavity of any depth. Often when insulation is pulled it is pulled only 6" beyond the cut and you can pretty easily repair that with insulation. If it was pulled 4' with a 2' drywall cut I would recommend cutting the drywall back 4' so that you can ensure that the insulation is fully filling the stud cavity up to the joint with the existing and not leaving a gap in the insulation.

Mark Ryan Posted 1 week ago

The code calls for insulation inspection prior to covering it up. The wall would need to be removed so insulation can be properly installed and inspected by the building inspector prior to drywall being installed.
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