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Tips For Water Damage Repair

11/14/2022 (Permalink)

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How To Handle a Water Damage Repair

Water damage can occur in a variety of ways, but you should also be prepared for water damage if it does happen to you. It's important to know how to handle a water damage repair as quickly as possible so that the problem doesn't get any worse.

1. Start water cleanup as soon as possible.

Water damage can be a major problem, especially if you don’t start cleanup as soon as possible. The longer you wait to start cleaning up water, the more likely it is that mold will grow in your home or business. 

Mold spores are everywhere and just waiting for their chance to grow into full-blown molds that destroy property. If you see any signs of mold on the walls, ceiling or flooring after a water loss has occurred—or even if your house smells musty—you probably have an issue with mold growth.

2. Remove the source of water.

This step is critical, because if you don't stop the flow of water, it will keep coming in and causing damage to your home. You can do this by turning off the main water shutoff valve in on your property. Once that's done, open a window for ventilation to allow fresh air into your home as well as prevent mold growth. Use a wet/dry vac to remove any standing moisture from carpets and other surfaces; if you don't have one available, use towels instead.

The best course of action to take after a water loss is to call a certified water cleanup professional, they will ensure that your damage is mitigated properly.

3. Inspect for hidden water damage.

Check the walls and ceiling for signs of damage, such as discoloration, mold growth, or bubbling paint/wallpaper.

Feel along your flooring to see if it’s damp underneath. If you find that your floor is wet, move onto another room where there may be a leak as well – this could save you time in discovering an issue that needs fixing right away!

Check around windows and doors to make sure they aren’t leaking into your walls or ceilings. Use a flashlight to inspect these areas better if necessary.

When inspecting insulation around pipes or other places where moisture could build up inside walls/ceilings check for any discoloration or mold growth; if found call our SERVPRO team so that we can properly remove it from those locations before starting repairs!

4. Check for mold.

If your home or business has been suffered from a water damage event, it is important to check for mold. Mold can grow very quickly in water-damaged areas. If you notice any mold, it must be removed immediately to keep your property as well as any person present on your property safe.

5. Use fans and a dehumidifier.

When you're drying out a water-damaged area, you should use fans to dry out the damaged area and dehumidifiers to remove excess moisture from the air.

Fans are one of the best ways to remove moisture and humidity from an indoor environment. For best results, use multiple fans that are positioned at different angles throughout the room or space being dried. You can also purchase powerful industrial-strength fans that will circulate air more quickly through this process. Place these along walls so they blow directly toward other walls (creating cross-ventilation) rather than directly into windows or doors—this prevents moisture from being pushed.

Use dehumidifiers with fans: Using both of these methods together can help keep humidity levels down and take care of any residual moisture left behind after initial drying has taken place.

6. Toss anything that can’t be salvaged.

Remove wet items from your home as soon as possible. When you begin the process of removing wet things, remember that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to salvaging items—whether they're clothing or books. 

You'll need to decide what stays and what goes for each item on a case-by-case basis, but here are some general guidelines:

  • Remove wet insulation from walls and ceilings; replace with new insulation when possible
  • Remove wet carpeting; replace when possible
  • Remove damaged drywall and replace

There is a lot to do after a water damage, but you can do it.

You must be proactive. If you wait too long, the situation will get out of hand, and you will have no choice but to call a professional. 

In the end, water damage can be a lot to handle. If you follow these tips and get help from SERVPRO of Arnold/North Jefferson County, then you’re well on your way to making sure that your home is safe and restored after this unfortunate event.

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