Water damage home repairs can encompass a wide variety of tasks. It may involve plumbing, roofing, flooring repairs or drywall repair. You may have to replace furniture and personal effects. You may need to undergo mold remediation if the water damage wasn’t cleaned up in time to prevent the growth of mold. Water damage has the potential to become extremely expensive for the homeowner.
Here’s what you can do for water damage home repair.
The first step in dealing with water damage in your home is to stop the source of the water. It may be coming from a leaking roof, broken pipe, open window, broken appliance or a natural disaster. No matter what the cause, you need to identify the source and do your best to stop it.
It helps to be prepared before you have to face water damage. Know where your main water supply shut off valve is located and how to turn off the water at each sink, toilet and appliance throughout your home. Have buckets handy to catch water that may be coming from a pipe or through the roof.
The next step, no matter what caused the water damage, is to remove the water itself. You might be able to accomplish this with a few towels if the water is coming from a small leak that you caught quickly. A mop and bucket can come in handy for picking up water from hard flooring such as wood or tile. After the bulk of water is absorbed, you can go back to dry up the remaining moisture with towels.
A soft surface such as carpet will likely need a carpet cleaner to try to remove the water from a small leak or spill. Pull the machine over the wet carpet many times until the majority of the water has been removed.
In the event of a flood, such as from a burst pipe or broken appliance, a wet-dry vacuum such as a Shop-Vac can help remove the water from a variety of surfaces. You can then step back to the carpet cleaner or towels if needed. A major flood from a natural disaster may be too much for your Shop-Vac to handle, and you may need to call in professionals with industrial strength pumps to remove the water.
After visible water has been removed, you need to dry the area with fans and dehumidifiers. Moisture can quickly seep into porous materials and get between and below floors, walls and ceilings. Fans promote airflow and dehumidifiers remove moisture from the air and helps draw out moisture from materials in the room. Keep doors and windows open if possible to help promote airflow, and remove any movable objects such as furniture, rugs and personal effects. Run the fans and dehumidifiers for at least 48 hours to try to avoid the growth of mold.
Assess the total damaged area to determine the extent of the repairs. If you aren’t sure, contact a professional for help. You may need the assistance of a plumber, a roofer, a water restoration professional, and/or a general contractor to both repair the problem that caused the water damage, and to repair the damage done by the water itself. Don’t ignore problems like an old roof or a leaking foundation. It’s critical to take care of the source of the water or you could be facing the same issue again some day down the road.
Home repairs you might need to undertake include:
Many materials such as carpet and drywall may not be salvageable after water damage. Their porous nature can trap moisture, damaging the fibers and allowing mold to grow, even if you do a thorough job of drying them. If, after 48 hours of drying the area, you still see signs of moisture or water damage, you will need to get rid of the damaged materials. Cut away the damaged drywall, and pull up the carpet and throw it away.
Starting repairs quickly is critical to try to avoid the threat of mold. Water damage often happens in areas that foster the growth of mold like dark basements and attics. Mold is a type of fungus, and as it grows, it can penetrate and eat away at materials like drywall and wood, risking your home’s structural integrity and safety.
Mold can affect your health, as well. Mold acts as an allergen, and airborne mold spores can be inhaled, triggering cold-like symptoms like nasal and sinus congestion, sore throat, sneezing, watery eyes, wheezing and cough. People with compromised immune symptoms, young children and the elderly, are most at risk of more severe health problems from mold exposure. Mold must be removed promptly to avoid these problems.
Water damage home repair is often too big of a job for a homeowner to deal with on their own. If you think the repairs are beyond your ability to handle, get immediate, 24-hour assistance by calling 877-960-0491. Experienced professionals can answer questions and dispatch help to your home to start addressing the water damage right away.