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How To Repair Water Damaged Kitchen Cabinets

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How To Repair Water Damaged Kitchen Cabinets

Worn finish from water and steam exposure The “false front” of your cabinets can become streaked, worn-looking, and dull from constant exposure to moisture and steam. This can occur because your kitchen cabinets were not sealed properly, thereby leaving the finish porous. Prolonged use can also be a reason. Though this affects the appearance of your kitchen cabinets, it rarely affects your ability to use them. Kitchen cabinet damage from pipe drips Damage to the bottom of kitchen cabinets is typical in places where pipes run, such as the cabinet around a sink. Over time, PVC piping ages and the seal stops being watertight. This allows water to drip onto the bottom of the cabinet. In the worst cases, a pipe seal will burst and flood the cabinet. To repair water-damaged cabinet bottoms, it is imperative that you soak up the water as quickly as possible. If the cabinet begins to warp, smell musty, or noticeably change colours, replace the cabinet bottom, or the entire cabinet, if necessary. If you catch the water damage early enough, you should be able to restore the cabinet easily by quickly re-sanding, re-finishing and re-sealing it.
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How To Repair Water Damaged Kitchen Cabinets

The first thing that must be considered is the category of water loss. This is true for any water damage emergency, but also relevant for bathroom cabinet water damage. If you had a sewage backup, it requires a much different response than a clean water loss, such as a sink overflowing or a supply line busting and sending water throughout a bathroom or kitchen. When it comes to category 3 (black water) water damage, in almost all situations the soaked cabinets must be completely torn out and replaced. There might be a slight chance the cabinets can be salvaged if they are natural hardwood cabinets (as opposed to particle board). But even that is a rare instance.
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How To Repair Water Damaged Kitchen Cabinets

We came across a Q&A web site recently in which a homeowner was asking what to do about water damaged cabinets in their bathroom. A “professional” responded with some advice on how to fix the aesthetic issues with the cabinets. What was startling was he never addressed the underlying issues that caused the warping and bubbling found on the cabinets: bound water. So we thought it would be a good idea to discuss some of the things we consider when faced with water damage to cabinets, whether it’s in a kitchen, bathroom or laundry room.
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How To Repair Water Damaged Kitchen Cabinets

Are your cabinets swollen, not properly closing, or showing dark color spots? If yes, your problem might be water damage. Since most kitchen cabinets are crafted from wood, water damage is a likely occurrence. Wood can easily be damaged by water, and in your kitchen there is always a lot of water, especially if you have a leak somewhere.
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How To Repair Water Damaged Kitchen Cabinets

Cooking makes kitchens very humid and humidity will inevitably damage the cabinetry over time. The question is: should you restore or replace your moisture-damaged kitchen cabinets? Exposing your kitchen cabinets to moisture and water is inevitable. The kitchen is a naturally humid room. Unfortunately, the damage isn't just an unpleasant site to look at. It can also affect the functionality of your cabinets. In some cases, your cabinets can be salvaged with a few minor repairs. In other cases, you may need to consider replacing them altogether. Here's how to diagnose the damage and figure out which is the best option for you.
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How To Repair Water Damaged Kitchen Cabinets

In the event we determine it’s worth trying to salvage water damaged cabinets that have been soaked by sewage, we usually attempt to remove the black water by using a pressure washing system that sprays hot, clean water. This basically pushes the black water out and replaces it with clean water. At that point, we can then use whatever drying technique makes sense to dry out the cabinets, having removed/killed off the harmful pathogens/microbials that were present from the raw sewage.
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How To Repair Water Damaged Kitchen Cabinets

It’s not uncommon for people to start resurfacing their cabinets only to realize it costs a lot more than they were expecting to make their old cabinets look new. Many homeowners begin restoring original cabinets, and get 70% through the project before wishing they had just replaced the cabinets. That doesn’t mean it’s always a bad idea to repair over replace, in fact sometimes it’s smarter to resurface cabinets than to buy completely new ones. Here we explain the difference between cabinets you should replace vs. cabinets you should restore.
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How To Repair Water Damaged Kitchen Cabinets

By removing the cabinets from the wall, we can address the moisture problems elsewhere in the affected area. If you have water that has damaged an exterior wall, we’ll need to perform a flood cut to remove the bottom section of drywall as well as any insulation that has been soaked by the loss. If the water has permeated the subfloor below where the cabinets were, that area must be properly dried as well. The drying method for the cabinet will vary, but we may simply place them in the middle of whatever room is being dried, or we may apply our Injectidry system to provide a more pinpoint drying process to the cabinets.
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If the cabinet has significant warping, buckling, major changes of color, or a musty smell, it is necessary to replace the cabinet either in part or in whole. Unfortunately, replacing kitchen cabinets is not an easy task and it can be difficult to match new cabinets to old ones. Because of this, you may need to replace all of your cabinets. If a cabinet has only minor warping, simple fading or streaking, you can repair your kitchen cabinets easily enough. Here's how to do it: First, gently sand your cabinet. Next, you must find a finish that matches the rest of your cabinetry. Try going to your local hardware store. Lastly, you may want to use a special sealant on the cabinet, to protect it from future moisture exposure. If the damage is not just aesthetic and the functionality of your cabinets are compromised, it may be time to consider a complete replacement.
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Kitchen cabinets are exposed to more water, steam, and other damaging elements than cabinets in most other parts of your home. Because of all kitchen cabinets must endure, they often need to be replaced before other cabinets in your home installed at the same time. Here are 5 signs you should consider replacing over refacing your cabinets.

In most instances where the water damage category is either grey water or clean water, the expectation is that we should be able to salvage the original cabinets. Of course, we say that with the understanding that we can begin our water mitigation processes almost immediately after the water damage occurred. If you wait a week to call us, all bets are off. In fact, it’s a safe bet your initial water damage emergency went from a manageable situation to a much more dire situation in that time, one that will ultimately require most extensive (and expensive) solutions.
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To repair water-damaged cabinet bottoms, it is imperative that you soak up the water as quickly as possible. If the cabinet begins to warp, smell musty, or noticeably change colours, replace the cabinet bottom, or the entire cabinet, if necessary. If you catch the water damage early enough, you should be able to restore the cabinet easily by quickly re-sanding, re-finishing and re-sealing it.
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If you buy your house used you might not even know the exact age of your cabinets. Not that age always matters. You can’t simply go by the number of years your cabinets have been in use. Certain factors can cause your kitchen cabinets to wear away faster, no matter their original quality. Plus, some cabinets don’t hold up as well as others, meaning not all cabinets are going to last for 50 years—not even close. Since age alone can’t tell you if it’s time to replace your cabinets, what can?
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Before spending the money, time, and effort it takes to repair cabinets you want to be sure that you are making the right decision. Sometimes cabinets need to be replaced simply because they have gotten old and worn out. In other instances, cabinets prematurely wear out long before they should. In this instance, you will want to identify the reasons your cabinets have worn out beyond repair to make sure that the same problem does not happen again.
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Even if you purchase all new cabinets you will not be able to stop the problem from happening again if you do not first solve the issue that caused your original cabinets to wear out. Check over your cabinets for any signs of warping or swelling, especially cabinets regularly exposed to humidity and water. If your cabinets are warping due to humidity, a humidifier can help slow down the damage.
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Have your cabinets gone soft? Push on the sides of your cabinet walls, do they feel soft at all? If so, this is a sign that your cabinets are badly damaged will soon fall apart completely. The sides of your cabinets are SO important, if they are not in good condition there is no point to waste money making aesthetic changes.

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