Water Damage Restoration Guide for Homeowners

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Water intrusion is one of the most expensive problems any homeowner can face.

According to HomeAdvisor, the average cost of water cleanup and damage in the U.S. is $2,562. And for high-end projects, it could reach as high as $8,000!

Fortunately, it is possible to lessen the damage and cut down the cost by following this guide.

After the water intrusion has subsided, the next important step is cleanup and restoration.

These should be done right away because further exposure of building materials to water can result to more serious problems such as mold build-up and rotting.

The water restoration work is a very important one. To ensure that no water or moisture is left, the right procedures, materials and equipment are needed.

Some forms of water damage are invisible to the eyes so most of the time, it calls for extensive remediation.

Follow these steps to restore water damage in your home effectively.

·         Secure your items, furniture and other belongings.

Begin by salvaging, cleaning, and drying everything as soon as possible.

Your goal is to eliminate as much water as quickly as possible.

Movable furniture can be taken out to dry, as well as carpets, rugs, furnishings and other items.

Carpet that has been fully submerged in water should be discarded.

For water damage other than flood, such as leaky faucets and burst pipes, wet surfaces should be cleaned, dried and repaired immediately.

·         Check electrical systems.

Electrical systems that have been exposed to water should be handled effectively.

They include motor circuits, wires, transformers, cable and flexible cords, lighting fixtures, appliances, and other electronic products.

Refer to this NEMA publication for the safety standards in in evaluating water-damaged electrical equipment.

·         Address floor and carpet damage.

If your floor or carpet has been heavily soaked in water, your wet/dry vacuum may not be able to address the problem properly.

Carpets made from synthetic materials can better tolerate soaking and dry faster.

But for those made from delicate materials, such as wool carpeting, rotting can be a serious problem.

You may need to hire carpet cleaners and water remediation professionals to handle the job.

Laminate floors have layers that can absorb water and swell, causing such layers to separate.

Hardwood are more resistant to water, but it has to be dried immediately (using a mop, sponge, or towel).

·         Improve air circulation around your home.

During cleanup and restoration, take steps to improve air circulation around your home to speed up the drying process.

Air mover fans or blower fans and air scrubbers, as well as dehumidifiers are some of the must-have tools during water damage repair.

These power tools are ideal for reducing moisture in the air, thus, preventing the possible build-up of mold, mildew and other harmful organisms or allergens.

·         Watch out for mold.

Mold is a dangerous consequence of water damage. Mold on walls and other visible surfaces can be cleaned and scrubbed using bleach or other cleaning solutions.

But for mold in hard-to-reach surfaces, such as in between walls and ceilings, in the attic, or underneath the kitchen sink, it is best to leave them to the professionals.

Allow the surfaces to dry completely to prevent mold from returning.

Water damage, whether big or small, requires urgent attention. Even a little moisture can cause rotting and mold build-up especially on porous materials like wood, drywall and fabrics.

To avoid spending thousands of dollars on repair and remediation, follow this guide. Start with securing your furniture and other belongings.

Next, quickly address water-damaged electrical systems, floor and carpet damage, and watch out for mold.

All throughout the process, take steps to improve air circulation to speed up the drying process.

Additionally, check with your insurance company if your policy covers water damage.

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