What to Do When You First Find Water Damage in Your Home
When water damage happens to any home, there's a lot of work to be done. Failure to remove all of the damaged materials and the remaining moisture in the air will result in serious issues with mold and mildew growth. Not only do you have to worry about health issues, but there's also bound to be problems if the material is rotting. Here you'll find a few tips on how to proceed immediately following home water exposure.
Find the Source
Do you know where all of the water came from? If you know where the water came from, you're ahead of the game. So many times homeowners have no idea that the water is leaking until the damage is so extensive that serious repairs are required.
You must find out where all of the moisture is coming from—is it a leaky pipe, condensation forming on windows, seepage through the foundation, a leaky roof? There are so many sources that could have caused the damage, and until you find out where it's coming from, you won't be able to fix the damaged area permanently.
Dry the Air
You can't just wipe down the walls and flooring and consider the mess to be cleaned up; you must also dry the air in the space. If you don't dry the air, the moisture that is locked inside will continue to distribute through your home. Whether it affects building materials or your home décor, the moisture will have to go somewhere.
To dry the air, run a dehumidifier or two continuously. If you have a dehumidifier that has a hose outlet, attach the hose and run it down a drain. This will allow the unit to run nonstop until the air has reached acceptable moisture levels. Without this feature, you'll have to remember to empty the dehumidifiers each day. Circulating the air will also help to dry the air out a great deal. Turn on the ceiling fans and put a few box fans in the windows around the house. Try to have at least one fan pulling fresh air into the house from outside, and one pulling the damp air out of the house at the same time.
These are the first two steps to take to begin undoing the damage that the moisture has done to your home. Hopefully, with these tips and the help of some water damage restoration professionals, you have your home dried out and back to normal in no time.