To start with;
Water damage will incur a huge effect if you don’t fix it fast enough. You’re going to lose a lot of resources if you don’t take proactive steps to water damage repair.
You don’t want it to happen.
What do you do?
To prevent your properties from being debased, you must first ensure a proactive step to water damage repair.
1. Understand the kind of water
There are three different types of water.
Black Water: It has a direct link from the river or sewage dumps. Cleaning costs about $7 per square foot. Sewage treatment plants can help with this kind of water.
Grey Water: It is contaminated water from laundry, and dish and toilet washing. As regards cleaning, it would cost you $4.5 average, on a professional level.
Clean Water: You don’t need to spend much on clean water. It is super convenient for you to fix the damage in no time.
2. Locate the Damage location
It is important to locate the damage location and inspect places around it under 24 hours to avoid fungal infestation.
3. Look for hidden moisture
Search places like the carpets, chairs and wood products. If any of these places are affected, you might have to dry them [if not extensive], or possibly throw them away.
Why? Except you’d tolerate fungal infestations like mildew, carefully look out for porous products.
4. Inspect for Mold
As earlier mentioned, your home products damage quickly when mold pounces on them. Search for areas where mold has begun growing. If it is an invasive issue, you’d definitely require the services of a plumber. Remember, some molds can be toxic to humans.
5. Scrub the infected area
In cleaning the areas, you should also get rid of the infestations. The use of bleach and a homemade cleaning solution is the accurate resort to getting rid of infestations like bacteria and fungi.
6. Repair the damaged ceiling
You should not forget to inspect the roof. It would be properly sealed and all spots should be covered, to prevent a costly water damage occurrence. However, if your ceiling or roof is damaged, you would have to replace it.
- Dispose/Replace debased wood
Your worries about water damage should not overlook every wooden plank. Look out for them, and replace the defective ones. However, if the wood concerned is key to the house structure, you might need to get an alternative support or backing.
Consider installing a tile or waterproof vinyl if water has damaged your flooring. Wood is still reliable, but prone to damage by water.
9. Sealing and Caulking
Don’t overlook sealing and caulking new plumbing fixtures, flooring and windows with chemical solutions. It will save you future repair projects.
10. Install a new Drywall
It is important to remove infected parts of the wall, by doing so, it will be easier to remove the complete drywall. In installing a new one, you might have to take accurate measurements of the four sides of the wall. Why? If the measurements are not taken, the drywall might not fill up spaces, hence, it will give space for water to seep through the pores.
11. Block unneeded open spaces
Take a brief evaluation of initially affected areas, look up for open spaces and start filling them up with cement. It would harden the surfaces and prevent water from coming through. You might need to repaint to give it the perfect shape!
12. Contact your Insurance Company
Work with your insurance company, and notify them of every repair activity carried out. You have the full responsibility of ensuring your hope is clean and safe.
And that’s a wrap.