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water-damage-pic-2-300x224Drying out the floor after any wood floor water damage is priority number one. It is suggested to soak up the water with a towel/industrial vacuum (depending on the amount of water), followed by air drying and ventilating the room. Industrial size fans can be rented at hardware stores such as Home Depot and work extremely well. You will want to open the windows a few inches to allow moisture in the air to escape while you do this process.For Larger Areas a commercial dehumidifier should be rented and used . With the dehumidifier all windows should be closed as the dehu will pull out the moisture from the air.

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Large Dehumidifier

You’ll need to dry out the sub flooring as well, which requires you to remove the effected boards and repeat the above soaking/fanning process once more. Now depending on the severity of the flooring Flood damage restoration  you may need to do a full replacement of the floor. For example, if the flooring is warped in any way, it’s your best option as this means the water was not sufficiently removed from the wood in time. At this point keeping the floor boards would put you at risk of mold and wood integrity issues.

Wood Floor Water Damage: Repairing It Yourself

If the water was cleaned up promptly; no more water exists under the floor boards and no warping or slight warping  is present, there is a cheaper option rather than replacement. You will need to rent out a disc sander and belt sander from a local hardware store, and the heavy duty sandpaper to go with it (various grits, I recommend 20-80). You want to start by wearing down the damaged wood surfaces in their entirety starting with the most coarse sandpaper, I recommend using the 20 grit. When you can tell you’ve sanded down through the surface damage, it’s time to gradually move up with the sandpaper, to the 40 grit, 60 grit and finally the 80. This will create smoothness in the wood, and if you finish the process off by sanding it carefully by hand, this will yield the best results.

Wood Floor Water Damage: After The Repair

After the repair is complete, you will need to clean the wood flooring with mineral spirits (rub on with a cloth), followed by 2 or 3 coats of varnish. Let dry and air out the room after each coat. This may take overnight depending on heat and moisture levels. Again, during this process, excellent ventilation will be required. That’s it! If you have a wood floor water damage story to share, post it up below! Source for Article http://www.silverolas.com/san-diego-water-damage-drying.html

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Ceiling water damage, just like any other type of household water damage, must be treated with caution. Remember the following general tips as discussed in water damage basics:

  • It is critical to fix the root of the damage immediately and not just patch over the affected area
  • The root cause of damage can be located away from where the discoloration is occurring, this is due to water running downwards and towards least resistance.
  • Look for any types of paint discoloration on household surfaces, including walls, ceilings, baseboards and wood.
  • Puddles of water, dripping noises and lack of water pressure are all tell-tale signs of a potential water leaking problem.

Ceiling Water Damage Around Walls: Dampness/Dripping100_9208

This is a common sign of an internal plumbing leak, condensation, or collection of ground water due to baddrainage systems. Unless you are handyman inclined, finding the source of the leak is usually easier left for professionals. Is the water build-up seasonal? If so, this could be a sign of ineffective drainage systems. The solution to this greatly depends on the result of investigation, for example, if you are to find a plumbing problem, a plumber is your best bet to eliminate the causation. If the problem turns out to be external sources of water, you will likely need to make some modifications to your gutters and drainage.

Ceiling Water Damage with Drywall

This can be the trickiest. If a major area of drywall is damaged, it will usually require full replacement of the panel. The drywall will start to sag, fall apart and mold if left untreated. In my opinion, this scenario is best left for experts to handle unless you have dry walling experience. For small water damaged patches in the drywall (little spots of discoloration no bigger than a few inches in diameter), you can use the following methodology to fix the problem:

  • Buy some spackling compounds from your local hardware store or order online
  • Cut out the affected areas in the drywall with a knife
  • Apply spackling solution with a putty knife
  • Wipe away excess and let dry (read instructions on the product for details)
  • Apply second coat if needed

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Water Damage Basement Repair IMG_4749

When embarking on your wet basement repair journey, it is crucial to get to the source of the moisture, otherwise the problem will continue to persist even afterwater damage cleanup. And we definitely don’t want that! There are various causes for water leaking into your basement, depending on the location, interior as well as exterior situations. Here are some common wet basement locations along with the probable causes and types of resolution required:

Wet Basement Repair: Floor or Carpet

This is usually the result of surface water and excess run-off from ground level, especially between the spring and summer months. Look for colored water stains on the carpeting, or darkened/damp areas on wood or concrete to assess whether this issue has already occurred before in the past.

If the water level on the basement floor is severe, you will first need a sump pump to remove the water. After the water is gone, you will need to remove the carpeting or flooring and dispose of it. Attempting to repair wooden floors or damaged carpet is unadvised, as harmful mold and bacteria usually sets in on these over time. Once the damage materials have been removed, you need to waterproof the basement from external water sources by using a rubber sealant product such as Permaflex rubber (Will create a guide on basement waterproofing soon!)

Wet Basement Repair: Dampness/Dripping Around Ceiling or Walls

This is a common sign of an internal plumbing leak, condensation, or collection of ground water due to bad drainage systems. Unless you are handyman inclined, finding the source of the leak is usually easier left for professionals. Is the water build-up seasonal? If so, this could be a sign of ineffective drainage systems. The solution to this greatly depends on the result of investigation, for example, if you are to find a plumbing problem, a plumber is your best bet to eliminate the causation. If the problem turns out to be external sources of water, you will likely need to make some modifications to your gutters and drainage.

It’s also quite possible that your yard has a poor slope. Naturally, we want the slope of the ground to be angled away from the house, as to divert water rather than collect it. In combination with this, if there are any cracks on foundation walls, or basement floors, this will allow external water to seep in. These cracks must be caulked as part of the waterproofing process.

Wet Basement Repair: Other Things To Consider

Some other factors that people may not think of include overgrown foliage around the home which can collect excess water, and also un-insulated pipes which would allow condensation to drip off in hot climates.

Are you regularly operating a dehumidifier? There really is no substitute for these in summer months, and these play an integral part in keeping the basement moisture levels under control. They also reduce the presence of dangerous black mold. Do you have a wet basement repair story?

 

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Water Damage In Your Home Is Not Fun

I’ve been through it myself, and it’s the very reason I created this website. It’s never a great surprise to find water damage in your home, and can leave you unsure about how to move forward.Can I handle it Myself? Who Do i call ? Will Insurance Pay?

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Slow Leak Caused Mold Behind The Cabinet and on it.These had to be Removed and Disposed of.

Fixing water damage can be easy or difficult; it all depends on the surfaces affected and the time span/severity of the damages. The easiest type of water damage is to suck up water from an unfinished basement concrete floor , to fix drywall  ceiling discoloration  is ,somewhat harder  the hardest would be either carpet damage or drywall and water that goes under cabinets. Anytime kitchen water damage  happens its sure to be a good size problem that will need a professional water damage remediation company.

Here are a few general tips:

  • Finding what leaked or flooded and stopping
  • It is critical to fix the root of the damage immediately and not just patch over the affected area
  • The root cause of damage can be located away from where the discoloration is occurring, this is due to water running downwards and towards least resistance.
  • Look for any types of paint discoloration on household surfaces, including walls, ceilings, baseboards and wood.
  • Puddles of water, dripping noises and lack of water pressure are all tell-tale signs of a potential water leaking problem.Hot Concrete or tile floor is a sign of Slab Leak , or pipe leak under the house

Depending on your handyman (or handy woman) skills, sometimes a plumber is necessary to rectify the situation. If the extend of the damage is more than YOUR restoration and plumbing expertise, it is probably best to reach out for help than risk creating even more problems by fixing things incorrectly.

I stress again – the source of the issue must be fixed! Please do not patch over areas and hide the problem as it can end up causing you an even bigger headache down the road.

You’ll be sad. Trust me.

 

Concrete Floor & Carpet Water Damage

Basement water damage repair is usually very basic and easy. For concrete floors, first you want to extract the water and treat the area with an antimicrobial wash to prevent mold.if just very minor area ,use household fan and Wait until it dry’s. For more severe Starter Moisture Meterflooding where water has soaked up walls , a commercial size dehumidifier should be rented for a week along with commercial fans that are placed around the wet basement  aiming towards the wall in an angle to create a vortex. These days , your hardware store has cheap versions of moisture meters which i highly recommend to buy.This way you can check unaffected areas to get your baseline moisture content ( should be under 16 percent ) and then use the meter to check wood /drywall to ensure drying has been completed.  

Carpet Damage can be a bit trickier. You will need to rent a commercial carpet cleaner and extract the flooded area thoroughly , spray an antimicrobial . This will protect the carpet and get rid of any smells which would have resulted from the water damage.I recommend the carpet pad be removed as it can be difficult to dry. Install Commercial Fans to help Dry the carpet . Put one below the carpet to float the carpet , and several more on top. For extreme cases, consider replacing the carpet. Especially if the fabric texture and appearance is severely altered by the damage, the area may be beyond repair.

Getting a carpet cleaner machine from a rental shop , is usually a good start for extracting water. Stores like home depot or some Lowes carpet cleaner rental Grocery stores also rent some of the smaller carpet cleaning machines such as the rug doctor. Carpets always need to be cleaned after any type of water damage says Oceanside carpet cleaning expert. Even if it is clean water .

Drywall Water Damage

This can be the trickiest as drywall does not always show the moisture content . It could be 100 percent and you may not see a water mark, and you usually can not put your hand on it to check if its wet.  If a major area of drywall is damaged, it will usually require full replacement of the panel. The drywall will start to sag, fall apart and mold if left untreated. In my opinion, this scenario is best left for experts to handle unless you have dry walling experience. For small water damaged patches in the drywall (little spots of discoloration no bigger than a few inches in diameter), you can use the following methodology to fix the problem:

  • Buy some spackling compounds from your local hardware store or order online
  • Cut out the affected areas in the drywall with a knife
  • Apply spackling solution with a putty knife
  • Wipe away excess and let dry (read instructions on the product for details)
  • Apply second coat if needed

Hardwood Floor Water DamageWater Stain & Wood Damage

Clean these patches of discoloration with detergent solution and a sponge, try to soak up as much of the stain as possible. Let it dry, and then apply a stain blocker product. After this process you may wish to repaint the area.

water DAMAGEd Wood Floor 

Hardwood Floors are Difficult to get dry after they get water in and under them. Many factors are involved as there are many types of wood floors, solid wood , engineered wood floors, parquet , and involves sanding and re-varnishing the area. If the damage is soaked deep into the wood, it may take some time to sand it down and smooth it out. Even after the fact, depending on the type of wood you may be left with a darker spot due to the residual effect on the grain. If this turns out to be an issue, your best option is to replace the wood area entirely. More info on hardwood floor water damage right here.

The extent and cost of your water damage fix is dependent on your budget, if you have homeowners insurance, it may be worthwhile to file a claim and get reimbursed on the costs.

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