How To Fix Water Damage: 8 Steps To Avoid A Kitchen Pandemic

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Water damage happens when there is a leak in your plumbing system. Plumbing systems are mostly used in the kitchen or bathroom. But depending on the intensity of the water the damage may be simple or excessive. After the water has leaked into your house, you may not notice it right away.

There are common reasons that water leaks indoors. High pressure of water, failure of pipes, rust, and clogging are among the common reasons that shorten the life of pipes.

In instances of issues from a burst pipe, one can see issues ranging from structural damage to mold growth, and even health problems.

Remember that a water damage repair project should occur as quickly as possible so as to avoid further affected areas. There may be a need to fix water-damaged walls, replace water-damaged drywall, account for water stains, and implement a drying process as quickly as possible for best results.

These are the 8 steps to eliminate and repair water damage in your home.

Act Fast And Call A Professional

The first point to remember is that it is best to call a professional as quickly as possible. They will understand how to solve the issue comprehensively and quickly. The professionals will understand everything from drying time and how to remove water efficiently.

When you call the professionals, they are likely to conduct these steps and more to ensure that everything from a water-damaged ceiling to the drywall is addressed.

1) Locate where the leak is coming from

Locating where the leak is coming from is the first and most important step. If you don’t start with this step, the other steps don’t make sense. You need to look for the possible sound of water drops. You need to notice where the damage began. For example, if there is moisture that is seen to the naked eye.

If there is a place you suspect like the inside of the wall, see how it feels by pushing it. You need to notice where the discoloration first began. Although it might not be the exact location, it will lead you closer to where water is leaking.

 

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It is best to understand if the issue is gray water, if it is affecting your porous materials, and if the issue is as intense as if a water heater had issues. For instance, when elements like washing machines and other appliances in your house have issues, you can have a lot of issues.

It is best to work with a water damage repair team if you notice a pipe burst, black water, and a large water-damaged area.

2. Clean the space/ Dry the location

This step depends on the amount of water leaked. If it is a small leak, it takes time for you to notice it. And you can clean the space by using a dry cloth. Airing out the damaged room is also another temporary solution. You can do this by opening all your windows and doors in your house.

If the water leak damage is a bit excessive, you can use fans in your house. This may not dry it all the way through. If you think that the moisture or water has gone deep, try using the dehumidifier.

If you notice more damage and a significant level of water, it can be a difficult task and will require help from professionals at Valet Restoration.

3. Look for moisture in other areas

When you’re facing water damage in your home, it is hard to predict all the areas where the damage has happened. Water can seep into your walls, ceiling, and also under your floor. If these areas still have moisture, the damage will continue to spread.

This may require you to dismantle some components that are used in building your house. And it is not an easy step. It is best to work with a professional at Valet Restoration to comprehensively solve the problem.

4. Check if mold has been formed

This is one of the things that happen when you skip the 3rd step. Due to not checking and clearing other areas, you might end up with mold in your house. Just like you checked for moist areas in your house, check for molds also. Molds are easy to notice and the smell also helps you to find them quicker.

And if you are not sure how long the moisture has lasted, there is a higher chance of mold formation. By doing this step, you avoid the build-up of mold and the pungent smell that comes along.

 

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It is necessary to obtain expert advice and services when it comes to repairing water damage and conducting water damage restoration.

5. Remove flaky areas, drywall, and other absorptive materials

The 5th step is when professionals will start prepping the damaged areas to be treated/repaired. When there is moisture, paint on walls and ceilings start to peel off. Other materials need to be removed due to their high absorption ability. To minimize the damage to materials, removing is the best option.

Professionals will use a sharp scraper to physically remove the flakes. They can use sandpaper to smooth out the surface. They will then can use a performance sealer to make sure that water doesn’t enter.

6. Disinfect the area and its surrounding

An area that has moisture easily holds bacteria. The build-up of bacteria on the surface results in a slippery feeling. This makes it hard to clean and hard to paint. You need to disinfect the area. Professionals may use bleach as a disinfectant. They would disinfect the areas around the damage and the items that were affected by water.

7. Apply Primer and Paint

After clearing everything and all of the damaged surfaces, professionals will apply a primer. There are different types of primer depending on the material being painted. A primer helps with better absorption of paint, better durability of the paint, and contributes to the protection of the material being painted.

Professionals will start painting after you have painted the primer. They will then implement the color of your choice and make your house look better than it was before.

8. Inform your Homeowner’s Insurance Company

This is the last step. If you have followed all the steps and you still notice some damages, you can contact your homeowner’s insurance company. They can further look at the damage and help you.

The other reason to contact your insurance company is when you have suffered a great deal of damage. This is not something you take care of on your own. Take a look at the water leak and damage. If the problem is getting out of hand, inform your insurance company first.

Call Professionals at Valet Restoration

Make sure to take action the moment you notice something is wrong. If you can’t figure out what’s happening, call a professional. This will save you money and high repair costs. You know how exhausting it is to take things out of your home and put them back in their place.

If you notice standing water from a water event and have severe water damage, reach out to our team at Valet Restoration today. We are here to conduct everything from mold removal to addressing wet flooring in the affected area.

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