Home Water Damage Repair
Water damage within your home can be serious or minor. If you have had more than an inch of flooding we would consider that minor flooding. If you have had 6 inches or more of water that has flooded an area, we would consider that very serious. This article is to help you know what to do if you have had these things happen to you in your home.
If you have had a minor flooding problem, home water damage repair can be fairly simple. First of all if you have carpet you MUST pull it up and run several fans to air it out. Most of the time you can save your carpet if you immediately pull it up and air it out and dry it. If it sits in water more than 24 hours you will have mold start to grow which is extremely deadly and most likely will end up with you having to replace the carpet. Also if you have had minimal flooding, you will not have to tear up any walls and do preventative mold maintenance. Remember, if you have minimal flooding, rip up those carpets immediately to save them!
Severe flooding is a different story. If you can get the water removed quickly enough you can pull up those carpets and dry them out to attempt to save them. Most likely carpets get completely ruined when there is more than 6 inches of water. Home water damage repair is a much longer process in this case. After removing the carpets, you must remove all the drywall that was submerged by the water and you really should cut the drywall a full foot above the submersion line. Remove all the drywall and insulation. Before replacing carpet and walls, you must make sure to do a mold preventative treatment on the cement. The easiest way to accomplish this is by buying a mold killing primer like Killz and apply it to the concrete once everything is dry. This will help mold not to grow which if allowed to grow could be extremely harmful to yourself and anyone else that lives in the home.
If you don’t have the time to do these repairs yourself, hiring a water damage repair contractor would be a great idea. They are quick, and very effective about ensuring your home is safe after severe water damage. They are also experts in assessing the damage and most of the time send the claims to your insurance company to make sure you get everything covered.