After a flood, remove any wet drywall, paneling and plaster as it can act like a sponge. Any drywall that is not wet should be wiped with soapy warm water and sanitized with a mixture made of one tablespoon of bleach and one gallon of water. If the flood water is non-contaminated rain water, allowing air to dry the sills and studs can help in salvaging the plaster and panels in the wall. Insulation in the walls will also need to be checked. Throw away soiled fiberglass insulation. Replace cellulose and hose off fiberglass insulation. Do not replace the insulation until the interior of the wall is completely dry, which can take as long as six weeks. In terms of the ceiling, check for any swelling of the wallboard due to humidity. Insulation may need to be replaced and/or replacement of the ceiling may be called for.
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