Whether it comes from a flood or a burst pipe, large quantities of water can be severely damaging to a home. If your home has suffered serious water damage, it is important to begin taking the right measures as soon as possible to repair the immediate damage as well as prevent further damage to your home.
In this article, we’ll take a look at the series of steps that you will want to follow if your home has incurred water damage.
Stop the Flow of Water
The instant you notice that your home is flooding you will want to try and stop the flow of water right away. In the event of a burst pipe, stopping the flooding is typically as simple as shutting off your water supply. Of course, if heavy rainfall or flooding is the cause of the water in your home, it can be impossible to stop.
In the event that you are able to stop the flow of water in your home, though, this is the first and most vital step. When it comes to water damage, every minute counts.
Dry Out the Damaged Area
Once the flow of water into your home has ceased you will need to begin drying out the water-soaked areas in your home as quickly as possible. Large puddles of water can be vacuumed up. After you’ve removed the majority of the water, you can begin drying out the areas further by setting up floor fans and/or dehumidifiers.
Inspect the Damaged Areas for Mold
Mold can begin growing on water damaged walls and floors as quickly as 24 hours after the area became saturated. Since removing small amounts of mold is much easier than removing large amounts of mold, it is important to regularly check the water damaged areas in your home for mold growth. If you find a large amount of mold growing in your home and are not confident in your ability to completely remove it, you will want to contact a mold removal service as soon as you can.
Remove and Discard Destroyed Materials
Porous materials such as insulation, fabric, and carpet can be damaged beyond repair by water. In many instances, the only choice that you will have available will be to remove these materials and replace them. Thoroughly drying out porous materials will sometimes repair them if the damage is not severe. If you notice the material shrinking or warping or if you notice mildew growing on it, though, there’s not much that can be done to save it.
Disinfect the Remaining Materials
After you have discarded the materials that have been damaged beyond repair, the next step is to thoroughly disinfect any materials that you plan to keep. Using a bleach solution to disinfect materials such as cloth furniture, carpets, and curtains can help discourage the growth of mold and mildew.
Replace Damaged Drywall
Water damaged drywall will typically need to be removed and replaced. If only a portion of your drywall has been damaged, you may be able to cut out and replace the damaged portion without having to cut out the entire sheet. However, if the drywall has sagged or swelled more than 3/8 of inch above the baseline, it is recommended that you remove and replace the entire sheet.
Replace Damaged Wood
Any wood in your home that has experienced serious water damage may need to be replaced. Check the wood in your flooring, ceiling, and walls for signs of warpage, rot, or mold/mildew. If you notice any of these things, you will need to pry apart the damaged boards, thoroughly clean beneath them, and replace them with new boards.
Be Aware of Foundation Damage
In many cases, if flooding is severe enough to cause water damage inside your home, it is severe enough to damage your home’s foundation as well. This especially true if the source of the flooding is external such as extreme rainfall.
Large amounts of water flowing around the foundation of your home can erode away the soil that is supporting the foundation as well as damage the foundation directly. If you notice any warning signs that your foundation has been damaged such as a sagging foundation, damage to your walls, gaps and misalignments, and more, it is critical to repair the damage as soon as possible before it grows more severe.
How Abry Brothers Can Help Repair a Water Damaged Home
At Abry Brothers, we specialize in many areas of water damage repair, including mold removal, crawl space recovery, house raising, and foundation repair. If your home has been damaged due to flooding and you aren’t sure how to proceed with the repairs, we invite you to contact us today. Our professional team of foundation repair experts will be happy to diagnose the damage to your home and develop a thorough repairment plan.