How Do You Solve a Water Damage Repair and Restoration Issue?

Mostly when faucets are damaged, and pipes are leaking, it may be hard to notice this with our sensory faculties until it’s too late – the problem becomes a nightmare. To begin with, a lot of water is lost leading to huge monthly water bills. Additionally, the water poses threats as it damages equipment, encourages mold and cause a problem when it comes into contact with electrical appliances.

Confronting the water damage issue requires the knowledge of what is causing it. This can range from leaky faucets to floods and hurricanes. There are several do-it-yourself procedures one can use to mitigate and confront the water damage issue and here’s a look at how you can solve the water damage repair and restoration issue.

1. Stop the water from flowing if it’s due to leaky faucets

This is where to begin, and it involves the detection of what is causing the flooding. If it’s due to plumbing issues, then shut off the water flow in your home. The best way to detect the cause is by use of advanced plumbing monitoring tools and technologies. This has to be pre-installed before the help of professionals and will alert in case of bursts. However, if one is unable to detect the source of the flooding, contacting professionals for emergency services is the next logical step.

2. Cut off the power supply to the house and electrical appliances and other valuable possessions.

If the flooding is massive, the risk of electrocution is high. Therefore, turn off the power supply, ensure your hands are dry before doing this. Additionally, keep electrical appliances, and other valuable items away from the pools of water. The gas supply should also be cut off.

3. Pump out the standing water

This is the next best logical step as it helps to prevent further damage if the water were to sit for long. However, in case it’s due to rains and natural floods, it’s best to wait until the situation has abated. When pumping out standing water, you should:

  • Always pump the water out from the lowest point of the floor so that the water at higher levels drain to this spot and is drained away quickly.
  • Keep kids away from the water
  • Use protective gear: wear gumboots, gloves and use a mask. Rubber boots are the best as they provide additional grip, so you don’t skid.
  • If the pool of water is small, a mop can get the work done. However, for huge pools, a pump is required.

4. Manage debris

Shovel out the rubbish and remains due to the flooding. The mud left behind may contain toxic and dangerous materials; therefore, this cleaning up has to be done carefully. Dirty walls should be cleaned and rinsed with clean water.

5. Manage soaked items and allow them to dry

Wet floor coverings, rugs, and fabric should be put out to dry so that the floor and room can be thoroughly cleaned. The best way is to isolate each affected and allowing it to dry. Here’s how to go about it:

  • Remove coverings from wet areas, hung them out to dry. Fabric from windows and walls should be dried too
  • Remove dumb items from cupboards, closets, and shelves and spread them out in dry, warm location then leave the cabinets and drawers open to dry
  • Move wooden furniture and clean the place, and use aluminium foil under the furniture feet to avoid damage to carpets

6. Mold remediation

Getting rid of moisture from the room helps prevent mold and mildew. Fans and dehumidifiers are the right tools to use but opening the windows to get air in, and out are also recommended. Getting rid of moisture ensures that the walls, carpet, and wood are left dry. Getting rid of saturation in the air also helps to speed up evaporation from dumb items and walls. One can enlist the services of professionals

7. Toss out damaged house parts then use water-resistant materials to repair

After exposure to water ceilings, floors, painting, and furniture lose integrity. For example, ceilings that have absorbed water tend to sag and collapse, while wet floors and paint peel off. Therefore, it is essential to:

  • Remove any damaged rafters, ceilings, woods, floors, painting and more then replace them with water-proof paintings, wood, and ceramic tiles
  • Lastly, employ the services of professionals to assess the integrity of the house plumbing system and carry out necessary remedies in case of damaged pipes, lose faucets and more. Additionally, they will help flood-proof the home by helping to install sandbags, gutters, drainage systems, raising electrical sockets or switches and using landscaping tips. Above all, get proper insurance to help cover risks that may come due to flooding.