Water damage is caused when water leaks and causes destruction like the growth of mould, rusting, rotting of wood furniture and causing the laminate to peel off the plywood. Damage can be slow if the leak is minor, but it will eventually cause havoc, then there is catastrophic flooding which will wreck surfaces very quickly. Water damage can happen for many reasons like a washing machine hose leak, clogged drains, hole in the roofing and flood waters. During a survey conducted people go through 10,000 gallons of water that is wasted from leaks and dripping tanks.
How to remove the water damage will depend on the amount that has leaked and where the water came from also how long it has been sitting there for. If its carpet that has been wet you can still save it as long as the water has not been sitting there for over 48 hours. If the carpet has been sitting wet for quite a while longer than two days, it needs to be ripped up and thrown out. Water damage restorations can be performed by homeowners or you can get the experts in to ensure the safest way to handle the water damage is taken care of.
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You need to focus on getting rid of the moisture as soon as you can before it ends up causing more damage. If you only have a little leak, this will be quite easy to do, but for larger areas, this can be hard. Using fans will help to circulate the area. If we are talking about a full wall to wall carpet or hallway water damage spot, it may be better to hire a large dehumidifier to dry out the wetness and draw moisture from wood floors. All moisture needs to be gone before you attempt the water damage repair.
A few tips to help with water damage may include the following
Using your freezer
By placing wet books and papers into a sealable bag then placing into the freezer will stop further damage and prevent mould from growing. When it is convenient, you can move the books from the freezer and fan dry the pages.
Sometimes when humidity is high, it won’t help to dry things to quickly so start circulating some natural air by opening doors and windows.
Wet rugs or any furniture that has been exposed to the moisture needs to be put outside in the sun to lower the inside moisture levels. If flooring insulation is wet, this will need to be thrown away.
When drying water has damaged furniture, it’s important to disinfect the area before you start repairing. A bleach solution is common depending on what material you are using it on be sure to check before applying you can buy different disinfectants from the store to use as long as they will kill any lingering mould spores.
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It’s important no mould spores grow from the water damage as they are unhealthy and will cause damage to your body the longer they grow.
If you are unsure of water damage drying, seek advice from your local specialist who specializes in this directly.