Water Damage Repair Tips That You Can Use To Prevent Immediate Risks

02/21/2016 11:42

If you have recently gone through a flooding incident in your home, you know that it is difficult to recover. After you have stopped the flow of water into your home, whether via a broken water main or an overflowing septic tank, you will have a lot of cleanups to do. Most people will call a professional to come out so they can bring a sump pump in their basement, extraction devices to remove the water from the floor and carpets, and heaters and fans to dry everything out fast. However, even if this is done as quickly as possible, there are potential risks that may develop as a result of having this much standing water in your home. Here are a few water damage repair tips that you can use to prevent impending problems and also deal with the immediate risks.

The Aftermath Of Water Damage

The two most common problems that people experience after having to flood in their home is the development of dry rot and mold. Dry rot can be prevented from occurring if you can either completely dry out the wood that was saturated, or replaces it completely. This will prevent it from spreading to other areas of your floor or even your walls, but there is one problem that may be developing behind the scenes. The second problem that people experience is the development of black mold which can produce spores and cause health issues. To eliminate this immediate risk, which can then develop into something that could potentially be life-threatening for certain members of your family is to apply bleach or ammonia to areas where it may grow. It is common for this to form in the basement, under carpets, and definitely by windowsills and doors, so by wiping this down in advance, you can help prevent its appearance which can save your family from a multitude of health problems. If you do not handle it right away, call a mold removal specialist.

If you have dried out everything completely, or perhaps removed sheet rock, carpet, and floorboards that were saturated, you should have no problems with dry rot or mold. However, if you can wipe everything down, or even call in a professional mold removal team to address the situation in advance, you can prevent these problems from occurring by taking action early against these potential problems that can occur.