May Showers Got You Down? 3 Tips for Repairing Flood Damage

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Repairing Flood Damage

From melt runoff to heavy storms, spring always brings with it a high potential for flooding. Flood damage can occur for a number of reasons, and the type of remediation you need will largely depend on where the water comes from. Pipes that have spent the winter expanding and contracting with the cold can become brittle and fragile and more likely to develop leaks or even simply burst in the spring. Wherever the water comes from or however the flooding occurs, here are three tips for repairing flood damage.

Dry heat and air are your friends

Once you have evacuated the majority of the water, you need to dry out walls, flooring and furniture. The good news is that water evaporates in high heat. Air flow will also help keep water from standing or simply absorb right back into something else. When drying out your home after a flood, you might consider relocating somewhere else for a few days, as you will want to keep the temperature at 80 degrees or above. You will also need air to circulate freely, so you should consider renting several industrial fans to keep the air moving.

Use a dehumidifier to suck up moisture from the air

If you live in an area of moderate to high humidity, you might consider renting an industrial-sized dehumidifier. Once the air is heated, water will begin to evaporate. A dehumidifier will remove that moisture from the air, which allows the air to absorb more moisture. This cyclical process will help pull moisture out of areas where you can’t see it.

Know when to call in the pros

If flooding comes from clean water that you tend to immediately, you may be able to handle the problem yourself. The problem is that the worst water damage often occurs where you can’t see it. Drywall is subject to a process called wicking, which pulls moisture high up into the wall, where it hides behind paint. Over time, the moisture will warp the wall and can even seep into the wood framing behind the drywall and rot the wood. In addition, flood water that comes from outside is generally teeming with bacteria. When water has been left standing for some time or is potentially contaminated, it is best to leave flood damage restoration to the pros.

There is no doubt that professional flood damage restoration can be costly, but it is often a drop in the bucket compared to the long term repair costs when flood damage is not mitigated properly. When flood damage is not properly dealt with, it can cause mold and mildew to develop or even dry rot, which can lead to tens of thousands of dollars in necessary repairs and even make your home a toxic environment until is addressed.

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information, contact Brooke via Facebook at facebook.com/brooke.chaplan or Twitter @BrookeChaplan

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