Water Damaged Cabinets – How Can You Tell?

Any home’s throbbing heart is the kitchen. Your bathroom is a haven for you. There are numerous plumbing connections in each room, as well as built-in cupboards. They can be painted or stained, feature open shelves, and be made of wood or a composite. However, if a leak has harmed your cabinets, you will need to repair or replace them.

It is also a significant financial commitment. A kitchen cabinet can cost anything from $100 to $500 per linear foot. The cost of rebuilding or installing cabinetry in a basic 10-by-10-foot kitchen runs between $5,000 and $6,000.

MDF and solid wood cabinets will swell, shatter, or decay if exposed to even a little amount of water. The key to repairing water-damaged cabinets is to first determine the extent of the damage, then remove the water and properly dry them. But, exactly, what are you looking for?

Visible Signs Of Water Damage

Experts in water damage restoration advise you to learn how to recognize the indicators of water damage. A stray dribble on a cabinet top will quickly disappear. The problem develops over time as moisture collects owing to a lack of sunlight or airflow. Depending on the material of the cabinet, water damage might manifest itself in a variety of ways. MDF cabinets, for example, will absorb moisture and swell.

As a result, the substance becomes unstable. If this happens, the veneer on your kitchen cabinets may bubble and peel off. Alternatively, the entire exposed edge might shatter and become dust. Dark stains on wood cabinets are an obvious sign of water damage. However, if the brilliance or shine is fading, go deeper. Moisture will harm the paint, veneer, and metal handles on a waterlogged wood cabinet.

Is There A Mold Smell?

There may be a strong “mildew” odor, especially in the cabinets behind your sink. It tastes mushroomy, earthy, smelly, or sour (like wet laundry.) Look for gray, white, or orange discoloration that is occasionally fuzzy and speckled with your nose.

Can I Just Paint Over The Damage?

Wood cabinets are no different than any other wood surface when it comes to painting. The installation of laminate kitchen cabinets, on the other hand, is more complicated. Melamine is a thin plastic substance that is used to give a smooth, scuff-resistant surface on particleboard.

You can leave the cabinets as-is before painting as long as the water does not delaminate the melamine from its base material. In contrast, if the foundation is damaged, the coverup is merely a temporary solution.

Professional Cabinet Refacing

Cabinet refacing is a less expensive alternative to replacing entire cabinets or investing in a high-end paint job. Replace worn-out cabinet doors and drawer fronts, as well as repair the veneer on box fronts and sides, with professional refacing. However, if the cabinet’s structure has been weakened by water, simply changing the front will not solve the problem. Before you spend money on new fronts, you should address the root causes of water damage.

If your kitchen or bathroom has been flooded, your cabinets will almost certainly need to be fixed or replaced. Certified water damage restoration technicians from Restoration 1 of Northern Minnesota have extensive water damage training and years of experience.

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