How to Deal with Water Damage

Water damage occurs due to several reasons like faulty pipes and leaking appliances. If you fail to address it on time, it can lead to severe issues like flooded basements and sewer backups. It can also lead to structural damage and safety concerns.

distress man dealing with flood damage at home

Here are five sure-shot solutions for dealing with water damage.

 

1. Locate and Shut Off the Main Water Valve

Switch off the main water valve immediately you notice signs of water damage. The first thing is to locate the main water valve. Typically, it will be within five feet of your premises if it is outside. Check the crawl space or basement if you think it is inside your property. If you still can’t find it, it must be near the foundation.

After locating the valve, turn the wheel clockwise to turn it off. It usually requires two or more revolutions to turn off completely. If you are dealing with a lever handle valve, turn it and stop at a quarter turn to shut it off. Open all the faucets in your home to drain your residential plumbing system.

2. Control Dampness

A damp and moist environment speeds up mold growth. That is why you should dry things out as quickly as possible. Mold grows on several items in your house like carpet, upholstery, and fabric. It also grows on drywall, ceiling, and cardboard.

Fortunately, you can stop mold growth by removing all items from the flooded rooms. After that, place aluminum foil on the furniture stands to prevent carpet stains. If you have rugs, remove them and hang them outside to dry. Moreover, you can use a dehumidifier to dry your home. Remember to switch off the mains before using any electrical equipment.

3. Identify and Remove all the Porous Materials

Porous materials like fabric, insulation, and carpets, shrink and warp after absorbing moisture. Unsealed wood, drywall, and cement are also susceptible to water damage. The damage is irreversible in most cases. As a result, it is wise to throw away the damaged materials to prevent further destruction. Do it immediately to avoid mold and mildew growth.

4. Replace Your Damaged Flooring

water damage affects all types of floors. But wood flooring is most susceptible to water damage than other floor types. If you fail to replace it immediately, it will warp and develop mold. Check the boards for signs of buckling and warping. If the problem is not severe, screw them back to the boards. You will have to replace the boards if the problem is severe. Remember to seal your new flooring to prevent similar issues in the future.

5. Repair or Replace Your Drywall

Measure your drywall from the baseline to work out the damage. If more than 3/8 of an inch of the sheet is damaged, you will have to replace it. If not, cut the affected section and replace it with a new sheet.

Final Thoughts

Dealing with water damage is now easy with these tips. Don’t be afraid to contact professionals if you need help. Water restoration professionals will help restore your water supply.

How to Deal with Water Damage
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