Water is crucial to for human survival; for residential properties, not so much. Water damage can cause all sort of headaches for homeowners. Water can inflict damage that appears immediately or later on. There are various reasons why water damage occurs. It could be because of leaky faucets or flooding and it can be a source of major headaches.
So when water damage does occur, it is important to deal with it immediately. Today, we discuss how to clean up water damage.
Residential Water Damage Issue 1: Wet Flooring
When your home’s flooring is the subject of water damage, get it dry ASAP! The last thing you’d want is to leave it alone. When floor, especially wood, is left to the mercy of water damage several things can happen:
- Cupping: floor planks dips and often have raised edges
- Dark Spots: if not part of the wood’s natural pattern, it can be mold or mildew
- Bulging: planks bubble upwards
- Buckling: planks come undone from beneath
These can end up costing a homeowner a lot more in the end. So it’s best to dry the flooring and apply a coat of wax to give it extra protection.
Residential Water Damage Issue 2: Mold and Mildew
When water isn’t dried properly, moisture builds up. Where excess moisture exists, mold is sure to follow. Mold, when left unchecked, can spread really fast. It will eventually release spores into the air and can cause respiratory issues to arise.
It is in the best interest of the homeowner to be proactive when it comes to mold. Keep a sharp eye on places where mold likes to grow. Some of these places are:
- Air ducts
- Between walls
- Beneath sinks
Mold will start growing as soon as 24-48 hours after exposure to moisture. So it’s best to dry any afflicted areas thoroughly. These are some steps you can use:
- Open the windows if humidity outside is lower than inside.
- Use fans to remove moisture only if mold has not started growing. Fans can spread mold spores to other areas.
- Remove all wet items from the area, including furniture, carpets, toys, etc.
- Throw away any moldy carpeting. Mold will be almost impossible to remove from the carpet fibers. All other items can be cleaned and disinfected separately.
- Discard any contaminated food products. This means anything not sealed in a watertight container.
When it comes to removing moisture from walls and ceilings, these are a few tips:
- Drywall is incredibly porous and should be removed at the soonest sign of water damage.
- Remove the wallboard to a foot above the water mark.
- You can drain walls by removing the baseboard and drilling holes into the floor.
- Make sure to check the interior of the wall for any hidden mold growth.
In order to avoid any mold from forming in your home on a latter date, you can do these two things:
- Make sure that the area you are cleaning is well-ventilated.
- Always wear gloves, a mask or respirator, and eye protection.
Keeping a good eye on these tips can help any homeowner clean up any water damage issues.