How to Save Countertops When Base Cabinets Are Removed

In today’s water damage mitigation industry, it is common to find base cabinets and vanities affected with water because they are used to hide plumbing supply and drain lines. Many times, they can be dried in-place by removing the toe kick or cutting it off with a toe kick saw and after inspecting to ensure no visible mold underneath and that the core of the cabinet has not swelled from contact with water circulate hot, dry air underneath. Remember, the ANSI/IICRC S500- 2021 states in Appendix A that cabinets and vanities are “generally restorable” when affected with categories 1, 2 and 3 water, IF they are not made of MDF or particleboard. Of course, pre-cleaning of any contaminates should always occur prior to implementing air movement for drying.

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