Guide to Water Damage Restoration

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Sometimes accidents happen. Some accidents can cause water damage to your housing

and other property. If you are reading this, you might be wanting to find a solution to a

similar problem. Although water is a common utility in our houses, some parts of the house

itself are simply not capable of withstanding wet conditions. Homebuilders try to supply

water to houses without causing any water damage. When water leaks or damage occurs, it

causes ugly stains on the drywall and interior surfaces. In severe cases, it can even cause

the drywall to crumble and fall apart. Water damage restoration can be a serious job that

requires the right equipment and attention to detail. In this article, we look at how to recover

from water damage and restore your property.

 

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 a 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

temporary accommodation, e.g. a hotel, until the drying 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 the 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 cost-effectively restoring your house or property.

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