Water is an essential component in our daily lives without which we cannot survive. However, as many people can attest, when water is in the wrong place, damages are bound to occur. What you need to know is that water damage can happen to all structural buildings including your home or even the office where you work. Water damage is caused by flooding, burst pipes, an overflowing toilet, storms and heavy rains among many others.
In the event of water damage in your home, you should assess the damage, salvage what you can and leave the extensive repairs to the experts. Your primary focus should be your safety. Chances are that the electrical equipment has already come into contact with water. This is a risky situation, and you should take extra precaution such as wearing a safety suit before attempting anything.
Below are some surefire tips for repairing water damage:
Air dry objects under a shade
Most household tools and equipment are designed for use within the confines of the house. Exposing them to sunlight may cause them to split, warp, and buckle. You could erect a shade outside and let the wet items such as furniture to dry. This way, these items will get enough air circulation which hastens the drying process and prevents the growth of mold.
Reduce humidity levels
The presence of moisture encourages mold and mildew to thrive. Create an open space all around the walls and ensure that air flows freely. Remove all the furniture and upholstery that rests on the floor or the wall. Be sure to open the windows, utilize dehumidifiers and air conditioners to improve circulation of air.
Remove mold growths
Use disinfectants to remove dense growths of molds from the walls, floors, baseboards and other surfaces. Effective disinfectants are available commercially online, or at your local store. Do not splatter the disinfectants on historic wallpapers as it damages the artwork. You are cautioned against getting into contact with mold and mildew. They have serious health effects such as skin irritation, eye problems, respiratory issues, and infections.
Documents and photographs
Books, photos and papers require caution during handling as they are very fragile. Where possible, free the edges of paper objects and prints in frames and mats. Keep them in a dry place with an adequate circulation of air. Gently rinse the mud off photographs with clean water but don’t touch the picture surface. Keep books and other delicate papers in the fridge until a professional arrives to deal with them.
Textiles and leather
You should allow organic materials to dry. Objects that are shaped such as baskets and garments should be held by a supporting structure such as towels and padding. Textiles such as carpets and clothes should be dry cleaned or laundered as you would normally do.
Water stains on the walls and ceiling
Water damage causes blotches and streaks on the ceiling and the walls that range from brown to dark yellow. Such color changes occur as a result of the soaking of chemicals that leach to the surface. To deal with this, seal the area to prevent further leaching. If there is no damage to the wall, just apply a thick coat of paint and you are good to go.
Remember to prioritize your safety and the people around you. Whenever you are unsure about anything, feel free to seek the services of an expert.