Water Damage Restoration
One of the very first things to do in case of water damage is to make sure there is no safety hazard. Stay away from the area where there are electrical wires near the water damage or if there is flooding near electrical equipment. Find the electrical fuse or circuit breaker and turn off the electricity to remove the risk of electric shock or electrocution.
Once it is safe, you should find and assess the leak. It is important to find the leak and see if there is a way to turn off the source of the leak or the water supply. If a pipe is damaged or burst, a plumber will need to be called as well. In case the water damage is due to sewage leak, extra care will be needed as sewage can be hazardous to health. Depending on the extent of the water leak or flooding, professional help may be needed to help extract the water from the property.
Once the immediate threats have been taken care of, it is important to relax and not feel stressed or scared. The next step would then be to calmly look for any valuables and protect them from potential or further water damage. A property restoration dehumidifier or property restoration air mover can then be used to extract the moisture from the affected area. Depending on the type of property, make sure the dehumidifier or air mover is placed appropriately. Some dehumidifiers and air movers can be too loud. Unfortunately, they are needed as they work hard to get the house dry. You can also use hygrometers to measure the humidity to make sure the moisture level has been brought down to the desired level.
If you have house insurance, now would be a good time to check if they cover drying costs or not. Some policies also let the affected owners of a water damaged property to stay in a temporary accommodation, e.g. a hotel, until the dyring work is done, if the house is unlivable for any reason. Be careful when some insurance companies avoid accepting your claim. They might just be trying to stop you from filing a claim to save themselves the cost of your claim.
In some cases, the damage could be enough to warrant removal of the baseboard or drywall to fully dry out the area. Any hidden water or moisture can cause mold to grow, so it is important to get the affected area fully dried out.
Once the area is dry, the damaged walls or paint can be repaired. If a damaged part needs to be replaced, you would first need to remove it. If the drywall is structurally sound, then only the stained area can be removed and replaced. If the stained area is larger than 12 inches, then it might be better to replace the whole drywall. After measuring the cut area, a new piece can be cut or the whole drywall is replaced.
Once the affected area has been replaced, it will need to be primed and painted. Before starting this step, make sure the area is dry and the environment is well ventilated. A large paintbrush or paint roller can be used. A small brush can be used for areas that the roller or brush cannot reach easily. After the primer dries, apply paint on to the wall. Sometimes it’s recommended to apply a second coat as well. If the environment is humid or has high moisture, try to use a dehumidifier or air mover to help the primer and paint dry.
We hope you found this guide useful to repair and restore water damage. We discussed some steps that should be followed for water damage restoration. It can be a stressful and long process but following these steps can help in restoring your house or property in a cost effective manner.