If you’ve ever had your basement or first floor flood, you know what a pain it can be to repair water damage. However, the project doesn’t have to make you want to pull your hair out. Here are some surefire ways you can make water damage repair a breeze.
Once the water source has been addressed and you’ve cut off the building’s power, you need to begin working quickly to salvage items that have been flooded. Water damage is serious, and there’s nothing worse than letting the floodwater just sit in your home. Address the problem right away.
Types of Water
The first thing you need to do is determine whether this is a job you can tackle on your own. If the water is clean (like rainwater or leaking pipes), or gray (such as from washing machines, dishwashers, clean toilets and the like) then you should be able to clean it up yourself with the right equipment.
If the water is black (such as from septic lines, flooding from nearby rivers, etc.) then it poses a serious biological threat and you should contact professionals for help to remove it.
Dry Out the Area
Once the water has been removed, it’s time to dry the area out. Using a combo of fans and large dehumidifiers is ideal. You want to leave absolutely no moisture leftover following clean-up.
Replace Damaged Materials
Wood, porous materials and otherwise compromised home materials need to be replaced. It might be expensive, and it might be a huge hassle, but it’s important for the long-term structural integrity of your home. The last thing you need is a moldy buildup in the air of your home, punctuated by a ceiling or support giving out due to being rotten from water damage.