The best way to prevent water damage is to keep your home free and clear of major spills, leaks, and flooding. But that’s not always possible and the worst water disasters always happen when you least expect. For those times, this information can act as your best way to deal with the problem when it does occur.
You need to ask fast, because even small amounts of water pooling up in your home can lead to serious problems in the form of damage such as soggy drywall, mold and mildew build up in your carpets, floors, and walls, and warped hardwood flooring should you have no carpets in the home.
So, what are the best ways to address water damage in the home? You can deal the issue yourself or call in a water damage service to help with post-flooding cleanup.
Reduce the Moisture
Regardless of your preferred method of cleanup, the key to solving the problem is to stop the moisture from continuing to exacerbate the issue. The trick to doing that is more than just locating the source of the moisture but working towards reducing the amount of moisture in the room where the water has come in.
You obviously want to find the source of the water first. Perhaps it’s a burst or leaking pipe, an overflowing toilet, or Mother Nature has done the damage herself with torrential downpours and nowhere for the water to drain. Whatever the case, you need to stop the water from continuing to get in.
Once you’ve done that, you can start to take the right steps for drying everything out.
Drying the Moisture
Your best ally at removing moisture from any room, any carpet, any fixtures that have been inundated with moisture is constant air flow. You want to open all the windows, bring in a dehumidifier, set up a barrage of fans, anything that will keep air moving through the room.
What you do not want to do is introduce heat into the equation. Heat is only going to promote moisture and that will make the task of drying out the room go on far longer than need be. You must get the moisture out quickly, the longer it remains, the more you are inviting the development of mold and mildew. If that is allowed to breed over time it can become a lot worse of a problem to eradicate.
Mold is a hazardous material to live with in your house. You and your family can breathe in the spores, which leads to respiratory illnesses and can trigger allergies. Black mold is highly toxic and could cause serious health issues.
Be Careful in The Bathroom
This is the room where water damage can occur most often. Be careful about condensation and moisture that can come about after a hot bath or shower. Installing a ceiling fan will be useful for dissipating the moisture that can be left behind. If there is a window available, open it once you step out of the bath or shower.