Mar 13

How to Repair Water Damage

It’s that time of year again when the rainy, wet, winter and spring weather may have wreaked havoc on your floors, ceilings or the halls in your home. Although you may not think you have the time or the money to take care of these repairs right now, leaving the damage for too long could create even more problems. In addition to the water damage, you may also be looking at mold, structural damage and infestation of pests. There are several ways to identify, repair and prevent future water damage.

Identifying Water Damage

First, the easiest way to identify water damage is to carefully look around your home after a strong rain storm. Are any of your windows leaking? Do you see water stains on the ceiling? If you have a basement, check in the corners or the low places in the sp

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ace to see if there is standing water. It is easy to believe that maybe this was just a one time leak and there is no real damage, but the truth is, even a little bit of water can create a big mess.

Other ways to identify damage, especially to floors, is to look for weak spots. The most obvious places to look for this type of damage is in the bathroom, laundry room and even the kitchen. If you have children, you know they can sometimes have a little too much fun in the bath tub. You do not want the bathroom floor to fall apart due to water damage. If your washing machine has ever over flowed, there could also be damage in your laundry area. You need to make sure you check out these areas before the situation affects the entire home.

Repairing Water Damage

Once you have identified the water damage, you are ready to repair. The first thing you need to do is dry out the area. You can do this by turning up the heat and turning on fans to help the air flow. If there is damage to the ceiling, you may just need to cut out the affected drywall and replace and repaint. If the damage is coming from a window or the roof, you will want to fix the problem and then touch up the cosmetic damage. This may include replacing window sills and other areas affected by water.

If your floor has been damaged, you may need to replace the joists under the floor as well as the floor itself. Although this may seem like a big project, if you have some DIY skills you should be able to tackle a small job over the weekend. If the joists have not been affected, you may just need to replace the subfloor and prepare it for installation of a new flooring product. You may even want to consider installing a floor that is waterproof. Once the floor is repaired, you will also need to prevent further water damage.

Preventing Future Water Damage

While you cannot ban your small children from the bath tub, you can install waterproof flooring that will prevent additional water damage. No matter what your style, you can find a great floor that will stand up to water accidents. There are great new products available like vinyl flooring that mimics the look of hardwood or tile floors. If you are looking for a product to install in a basement, where water damage is likely to occur, consider installing a floor that is also water proof. It will still look great, yet you will not have to worry every time it rains or each spring when the snow begins to melt.

Repair Damage Promptly

Do not put off repairing water damage in your home. Mold is a major cause of allergies in both children and adults and it can make you extremely ill. If you take care of the water damage right away, you can prevent mold from growing in your home. It is also much easier to replace a floor than fixing structural issues caused by prolonged water damage. Fix it right away and you will save yourself a lot of time and trouble. Termites and other pests are also attracted to warm wet areas. Letting water damage linger may invite unwanted guests into your home.

Although water damage can seem like a major hassle, you may actually enjoy a quick remodeling project. In areas where you know there is likely to be water spillage on the floor, installing a waterproof product is a smart choice. You may even want to install a waterproof style floor in the children’s bedrooms or the family room where drinks are spilled or muddy shoes end up. Quickly repairing the water damage in your home will ensure a safe secure structure for years to come.

1 comment

  1. Mark Weinberg

    This is really detailed and informative, and I ended up sending this to some of our clients in the area. Even though we’re not as bad off for weather-related water damage in California, every ounce of prevention helps. Thanks for the article.

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