Water damage: something no homeowner ever wants to encounter within the walls of their home. Whether it’s the result of severe weather and a leaky roof or a burst pipe inside the framework, water damage is every homeowner’s worst nightmare. Fortunately, it’s not permanent and can be fixed after the fact. You may want to contact a professional cleanup company to do any major restoration and repairs, but there are a few things you can do meanwhile to prepare the area and prevent any further damage.
First, you must identify the source of the water. Has the house undergone any severe damage recently? Do you have any known leaks in your roof or cracks in your ceiling? Were your plumbing pipes frozen or corroded? Knowing what type of leak you’re dealing with will help you better stop the continuous flow of water and correct and issues down the road.
Once you’ve identified the source of the problem and contacted the appropriate correspondence (roofer, plumber, etc.), it’s time to start fixing the damage left behind. Begin by drying the affected areas and wicking any moisture that may be trapped under furniture, beneath floorboards, or soaked into carpet padding. This is crucial, as mold and mildew could creep up and take hold as soon as 24 hours after the incident.
If the water damage is extensive, you may have to do some major repairs inside your home. For example, saturated drywall will need to be replaced, as will carpets and the padding beneath them. You may be able to salvage your hardwood flooring if you caught the water leak and removed the moisture in time to save its integrity. Otherwise, you may have to replace it.
If any of this sounds difficult or outside your expertise, consider allowing a professional cleaning service to come in and take care of things for you. They will often be better equipped with the tools and know-how to get excellent results. Contact your insurance company to see who and what is covered under your insurance plan, then work alongside the cleaners to get advice on how to proceed and how to prevent future incidents.
In the end, time is of the essence when it comes to water damage. The sooner you are able to spot it and resolve the issue, the better. Water damage can spell disaster, but act quickly and you may be lucky enough to emerge with only some minor cleaning bills.