Water damage refers to different potential losses resulting from water penetrating into a structure in places where it does not allow normal attack by destructive microbial processes like rot of wood, mildew growth, corrosion of metal, growth of mold, de-lamination of building materials like wood, de-staining of building materials like grease, etc., swelling of building materials like lumber, cracking, or breaking of windows, walls, ceiling, floors, etc., seepage of sewage-tainted ground water, or the gradual build up of organic matter (fats, salts, soil, or cellulose) in the damp areas like the basement, crawlspace, attic, or garage. In all these cases, proper restoration is very important. It will be a waste if you do not have a basic knowledge on the different types of damage and what methods are available for its restoration.
One of the first methods for water damage restoration that homeowners should learn is how to prevent the flood from happening. Water enters a building through doors and window openings; via plumbing pipes, or via any other system used for emergency supply. Some water enters your home through a burst pipe, which usually happens due to a plumbing break, seepage of water from the roof, or a broken water pipe. In some instances, burst pipes may lead to sewer back up which could result in sewer allergy among inhabitants living in your home. You can find out whether burst pipes are causing water allergy by observing if you feel respiratory symptoms after having long periods of exposure to the contaminated air.
The first method for water damage restoration is drying the place out. You can do this by using fans, heating vents in your house, opening doors and windows, and setting up a vent fan in your bedroom to dry off your room. It would be better to use heavy blankets during this process so that more of the moisture can be absorbed by the blanket and be taken outside by the wind.
Drying is only one method in water damage restoration. The second method is drying out the building by using dehumidifiers. A dehumidifier works by pulling excess moisture out of the air and converting it into a form that can be evaporated easily. A lot of homes have air conditioners already installed. In these cases, you can simply run a dehumidifier during the summer months to prevent the buildup of mold and mildew on your walls and furniture. During the wintertime, the air conditioner won’t work as efficiently and the heating ducts will also not work efficiently as well.
Aside from drying things out, you should also repair or fix any areas of water damage caused by leaks. You should locate where the leak is in your walls or ceilings, and then find the source of the leak. If the source of the leak is an excess water drainage down the wall, you can remove or repair the area and replace the damaged drywall. For ceiling leaks, you need to find the point where the ceiling meets the floor and check for any damaged shingles or tiles. If you find these damaged tiles or shingles, you can replace them with new ones.
Drying your home out and preventing water damage is very important. It will also help you avoid the risk of mold growth if moisture continues to stay in your house after the restoration process has been completed. However, it is important that you take action even if you do not detect any leaks or other problems right away. After 48 hours, it is a good idea to conduct a routine inspection of your belongings to make sure that everything has been completely dried out and cleaned up.